Friday, January 05, 2007

Our M&M Project

I know every mathematics class has done an M&M project but this was my first one. It was an opportunity to review graphing skills and competencies for the NECAP administration. But it was also a way to have fun with Halloween! The numbers are interesting and the project engages kids. We were careful to wash our hands thoroughly and to count and then bag the M&Ms on clean surfaces.

ToDo: find mean, median, mode of the data. Only the eighth grade did this but I think all students, even the fifth graders, could have done it.

Further questions for research: why such a deviation in the numbers of each color? Does the mean remain the same for large and small sample sizes? Where does this blue M&M color come from anyhow?

Any more questions we should ask? Let me know!

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