This activity is designed for students to complete after learning about solving systems of linear equations. The activity gives students a real-life perspective on systems of equations by using the motivation that only candy can provide. Students will receive a paper bag (stapled closed) filled with a combination of regular and peanut M&M's. Each bag has the number of total candies within written on its side so that students may see the total number of candies. (I give one bag per group of two to four students.) Using only a scale and some math, they will determine how many of each type of candy their bag contains. This activity guides them through defining variables, writing equations, and discovering the answer. This activity has been designed as part of my International Baccalaureate unit on systems of linear equations.
Below is a list of all of my systems materials:
Entire Unit of Systems Worksheets, Activities, & Games -- includes 6 worksheets, a jeopardy review game, 2 "Maze" (A.K.A. "Go To" games, the M and M activity, and the real-world Burgers activity!
Systems Unit Notes for ActivInspire (Promethean Board)
Systems of Inequalities - Real World Word Problems
Jeopardy Review Game: Systems of Equations
Systems of Equations Activity with Burgers! - Good for cooperative review of elimination and substitution
Systems of Equations "Maze" (A.K.A. "Go To") Game
Graphing Systems of Equations "Maze" (A.K.A. "Go To") Game