A fun way to use M&M's candy as positive/negative integer chips. Students use two colors of candy to "build" each addition problem on their "candy mat".
You guide the students through the activity from demonstration (where you eat the candy in front of them!) to the part where they build the problems themselves, eat the "zeros", and record their work on the included handout.
Students will quickly begin to understand which problems allow them to eat candy (canceling) and which don't (same signs).
A great way to build concrete understanding of adding integers!
***You will only need two colors of m&m's for this activity (25 of each color per student, so 50 per student in all). Use the list of problems provided...the problems were made so students can complete them with only 25 of each color without running out of candy. The most cost effective way to get only two colors of candy is to buy the holiday color bags of M&M's, Halloween, Christmas, or Valentine's Day. OR just give each student any two colors. There is a place on the recording sheet for student's to indicate which color they are using for positive and which color they are using for negative. Then just use the words "positive color and negative color" instead of actual color words.***
***Ask parents to donate bags of M&M's for this activity.***
This is a step by step lesson plan.