`Count The SkittlesVernita Smith                  Mahalia Jackson Elementary School                               917 West 88th Street                               Chicago IL 60620                               (312) 535-3341Objectives:This mini-teach has been designed for first and second graders.  You may alter it in any way to accommodate your grade level.  The main objective is to  introduce counting and graphing to students in a phenomenological manner.  After    completion of this lesson students should feel very comfortable with counting from one to twenty-five.  In addition, they will become familiar with two types of graphs:  the pie graph and the bar graph. Materials Needed:Average size classroom of 20-25 students.1.  Crayons                           5.  Rulers-one for each student2.  Scissors                          6.  Tape measure3.  2x2-Circles                       7.  Height chart4.  Two 16 oz. bags of skittles (colored candies)Strategy:Start out by asking students if they have ever eaten skittles before?  (Answers will vary).  Than have the students name the five different colors of Skittles. List them on the chalkboard.  Pass out the uncut circles and have them cut neatly along the line.  Let the students tell you what shape they have.  Ask how many Skittles do you think will fit on the circle?  (Answers will vary.)  Ten will fit.  Have them try it and record their answers on the pie graph.  The pie graph is divided into ten sections. All students should color the graph according to the colors they actually have on their circle.  If a student has 3 reds (color 3 slices red), 2 yellows (color 2 slices yellow), etc.  Then they can record their answers in a fraction.  i.e. 3/10, 2/10, 6/10.  Do the same procedure with the rulers.  Have students tell you how many Skittles will fit across a ruler.  Twenty-four will fit.  They will then fill out the bar graph according to the colors they have.  If students have 7 greens, (color 7 bars green) 10 oranges (color 10 bars orange etc).  Lastly, they will guess how tall they are in Skittles.  Have each student stand near the height chart and have them record their answers.  Each foot will be equal to 24 skittles.  Therefore, if the student is 3 feet tall, he/she is 72 skittles tall. Performance Assessment:When lesson is completed ask students if they enjoyed the activity.  Then let them tell you why.  (Answers will vary.)  From the pie and bar chart you can see the percentage of colors which showed up the most and the least.  With the height chart you can determine who is the shortest person and the tallest person in the classroom.  `