**The Statistics of M&Ms**

Charlotte Goldwater Kenwood Academy

5015 S. Blackstone

Chicago IL 60645

(312) 535-1409

**Objective**:

The objective of this lesson is to analyze the contents of a bag of M&Ms

mathematically. This activity is appropriate for grades one through twelve.

**Materials Needed**:

One bag of M&Ms peanuts or plain, per student

One small plastic sandwich bag per student

One handout with a circle and a 6x8 grid

Several boxes of crayons

A protractor for each student

**Strategy**:

Have the students count or tally the number of each color. On the grid, put the

appropriate labels on the bottom and left. Make a bar graph coloring a square

for each M&M using a similar color.

Do a mean, mode, and median analysis of the candy.

Have students prepare the percentages of each color by dividing the total number

of each color by the total number of the contents of the bag. Calculate the

number of degrees this would represent. Multiply the percent of each color by

360 degrees.

Use a protractor to measure the number of degrees this represents. Divide the

circle accordingly. Color the circle using the same color as candy being

represented.

Have the students share their numbers. Compare them. Save this data for

comparisons with future classes results.

**Performance Assessment**:

Depending on the level of the students or class you can evaluate the class

through oral participation or in written follow up activities.

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