1. Topic-
M&M Data Analysis
2. Content-
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.To provide students with a hands-on and cooperative learning experience in the process of collecting, organizing, and analyzing data.
2. The student will learn the differences between mean, median, and mode.
4. Objectives-
Students will be able to:
1. Count, sort, and classify M&M's by color.
2. Record data on M&M Data Analysis work sheet.
3. Use data collected to find the mean.
4. Use data collected to find the median.
5. Use data collected to find the mode.
6. Analyze and interpret data.

5. Materials and Aids-
Pencil, M&M fun size packs, M&M Data Analysis work sheet
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

The teacher will properly explained the definition of mean, median, and mode to the students.


B. Development-

The teacher will begin the activity by modeling the process students will use to calculate and record mean, median, and mode for their candy.
1.Count number of pieces of candy in their packs by color and record on the work sheet.
2. Use the data recorded to calculate the mean, the average number of pieces of candy of each color. For example, if the data indicates 1 red candy, 2 green candies, 3 orange candies, 7 yellow candies, and 7 purple candies, the mean, or average number of pieces of each color is 4.
1 + 2 + 3 + 7 + 7 = 20 and 20 (total candies) divided by 5 (different colors) = 4 (the average number of pieces of each color)
3. Use the data recorded to find the median, or middle number. For the example above (1, 2, 3, 7, 7), the median is 3.
4. Use the data recorded find the mode, or the number that occurs most frequently. For the example above (1, 2, 3, 7, 7), the mode is 7.

C. Practice-

1. Give each student a pack of M&Ms.
2. The students will count their M&Ms by color and record on their work sheet.
3. The teacher will guide and monitor the students on how to find the mean, median, and mode of their M&M.
4. The students will record their data on the work sheet.

D. Independent Practice-

1. The students will be put in pairs.
2. The students will add their classmate's data to their work sheet next to Student 2.
3. Then the two students work together to figure out mean, median, and mode of their combined data and record that information on the work sheet.


E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

In the following activities the learning disabled student will:
1. be closely monitored by the teacher. The teacher will check in with him/her frequently to be sure he/she is progressing.
2. be paired with a student that is advanced in math in case he/she gets confused.
3. be given extra time to complete the activity.

* There are 3 different packs of candy (Skittles, Life Savers, and Bottle Caps) in case a student is allergic to milk chocolate M&Ms.

F. Checking for understanding-

The teacher will go around the class to make sure all students understood the material and assist the students who need help.

G. Closure-

Pick up the M&M Data Analysis work sheet. 2.Students may enjoy their M&Ms.
7. Evaluation-
Students should fully understand the concepts of mean, median, and mode.
Did the students have any difficulty with the activity.
8. Teacher Reflection-
Was the activity sufficient to teach the students mean, median, and mode? Do the students know how to properly collect, organize, and analyzing data? Should there be any changes made to this activity?

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