`The Statistics of M&MsCharlotte Goldwater            Kenwood Academy                               5015 S. Blackstone                               Chicago IL 60645                               (312) 535-1409Objective: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 studentOne small plastic sandwich bag per studentOne handout with a circle and a 6x8 gridSeveral boxes of crayonsA protractor for each studentStrategy: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. `