Activity Types: Candy Math

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What is a Candy Math?

Candy Math is an investigation into the number and variety of colored candies in a bag. The M&M® candy makers claim there is a certain percentage of each color in every bag they produce, so it is nice to compare to their web page. However, other bags of colored candies can be used in the same process.

Students collect the data (number of candies per color in each bag) and record the data in a spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is then used to calculate the percentage of colored candies in that bag. Students then compare their results with others groups in the class. Directions for the activity are online as a part of the Math Toolkit from SEDL.

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