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    If your school doesn't have a rule against food as manipulatives....then M&Ms are great to use for mean median and mode. You can also throw graphing and sorting in there.
    Give each child (or group) a small bag of M&Ms. (didn't say it was a cheap lesson)
    First have the students predict the number of m&ms in the bag and for each color (BEFORE opening bag).
    Ask them to color in their predictions on a chart.
    Then have them actually open the bag and count the
    m&ms in the baf and for each color. I usually have my separtate them at this point too.
    Compare results.
    Have students record each others results.
    Then have them find the mean median and mode for the number of m&ms in a bag. And the mean median and mode for each color.
    You can use the information to create a class chart.

    It is a lot of fun. Just make sure that your kids know that they can't eat any until the end of the lesson.

    Let me know if you have any questions. The charts can easily be made in either WORD or EXCEL.
    Next have them

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