**Count The Skittles**

Vernita Smith Mahalia Jackson Elementary School

917 West 88th Street

Chicago IL 60620

(312) 535-3341

**Objectives**:

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 student

2. Scissors 6. Tape measure

3. 2x2-Circles 7. Height chart

4. 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.

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