Collecting the most candy

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Use your student’s Halloween enthusiasm to do a study on volumes.  We’ve created an activity that asks students to calculate the volume of candy containers that are silly and intriguing.  Skip the cone and the sphere to make this activity more useful for 5th or 6th graders or include the whole activity to challenge with a little bit of percent work.

We’ve also added a Halloween bucket volume for yet another challenge. bucket-pic.pdf

Teachers might consider showing the students the images of candy containers above and asking students which they guess would hold the most candy. (You can show the images larger to your class by clicking on each image.)

Then ask them what information they would need to calculate those volumes.

CCSS: 5.MD.5, 7.G.6, 8.G.9, HSG.GMD.3

candy-bags2018.pdf

For members we have an editable Word docx, solutions, and one more challenge, the bucket.

candy-bags.docx     candy-bags-solutions2018.pdf    bucket-solution.pdf

from Yummy Math https://www.yummymath.com/2019/collecting-the-most-candy/

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Getting past STEM Labels into real STEM Learning

Taylor Ryan on Episode 577

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Lots of things are labeled “STEM” these days but many of them are just rote instructions for students to follow. Is this truly STEM learning? Taylor Ryan is STEM coordinator for his school as they work to integrate STEM into every class. He shares what he’s learned about true STEM learning in the past year in this role. Hear about STEM from the trenches of a school that is doing it.

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Listen to Taylor Ryan talk about authentic STEM Learning Experiences

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Challenge

Have conversations about the STEM learning at your school. Is it authentic STEM learning? What could you apply from this podcast in terms of longer-term or shorter projects? How about cross-curricular?

Taylor Ryan – Bio As Submitted

Taylor is a teacher and STEM Officer at Fulford Academy, a private school in Brockville, Ontario.

School Website: https://fulfordacademy.com/

 

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Which is the best candy deal?

135 pieces for $14.99 90 pieces for $6.99 95 pieces for $9.99 50 pieces for $6.99 150 pieces for $14.24

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We found big mixed bags of candy at really good prices … we think.

Students are asked to decide which would be the best deal and the worst deal on candy.  They can also create their own mixed bags.  This activity has unit pricing, philosophy of candy collecting, and Excel if you would like to use technology.  Consider starting out the activity three act style: Show kids the pictures, ask them what questions they have.  Settle on “Which bag is the best deal?”

Have them make a prediction.  Provide them with the activity sheet that has the costs and quantities.  Have them work, maybe five minutes of independent think time, so they can generate their own ideas, then five or ten minutes in small groups.

Students can find the best deals either using unit rate cost, number of candies for a dollar, or by scaling up to equivalent dollar amounts (ratio table). We do not ask students to rank the deals in order from best to least, instead students are to find the best and worst deal.  This should encourage students to use strategies other than finding unit rates to determine the best deal.

Encourage students to solve this problem in more than one way and give them an opportunity to share their strategies as a class, thus engaging kids in CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3  Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. Candy bag invention, short and sweet, and fun …

Student Activity Sheet: Candy-deals.pdf

For members we have an Excel chart, a Word doc, solutions, and an activity PowerPoint.

Halloween-candy-deals.xls      Candy-deals.doc      Candy-deals-solution.pdf    Candy-Deals.pptx

CCSS: 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 6.NS.2, MP3


Additional extension: Does it matter if we round off the costs of the candy bags?


And yet another Holiday candy post, Holiday candy sales.  Students can read a pie chart with holiday candy sales data and find actual dollars spent from the given information. 6.RP.3 , 7.RP.3  7.EE.3

from Yummy Math https://www.yummymath.com/2019/which-is-the-best-candy-deal/

Ghost Whisperer

As the Halloween season begins, let your students play a spooky game. How does this work?
GhostWhisperer

Students can play this game online at Ghost Whisperer Crystal Ball and then

  • Figure out why it works.
  • Construct viable arguments
  • Critique the work of others

This activity can be used with any grade level elementary through high school.  Younger students might work with patterns, multiples and order of operations. Older students might work with systems of equations to prove how the Ghost Whisperer works.  The lesson was contributed by Joe Donahue who teaches at Santa Ynez School in Santa Ynez, CA and was inspired by a workshop given by Dr. Patrick Callahan.

The activity sheet: Ghost-Whisperer.pdf

For members we have an editable Word doc, solutions, and teaching suggestions:

Ghost-Whisperer.docx     Ghost-Whisperer-solution.pdf

CCSS:  4.OA.4, 5.OA.1, HSA.CED.A.2, MP1, MP3, MP4, MP7, MP8

from Yummy Math https://www.yummymath.com/2019/ghost-whisperer-2/

Overcoming Your Fears (and Helping Kids Do It Too)

Tara Martin on episode 576

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Tara Martin has written a book to help children (and adults) face their fears called Cannonball In! Today, we talk about a powerful metaphor and the risks of life and how sometimes we have to jump! Enjoy!

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Your Challenge

I have a saying in my office by Eleanor Roosevelt that says “do something every day that scares you.” Again, we’re talking rational risk and getting out of our comfort zone. So, that’s your challenge – get out of your comfort zone today.

Tara Martin – Bio As Submitted

Tara MartinTara Martin is an enthusiastic educator, speaker, and author. Her ambition is to lead a culture of innovative change and to motivate others to become the best they can be, all while staying REAL–
Relatable
Exposing Vulnerability
Always Approachable, and
Learning Through Life.

Blog: http://www.tarammartin.com/

Books:

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How Much Halloween Candy Will You Collect?

Brand new!

How do you judge whose prediction is closest?

In this Halloween math activity, students consider how to determine the best candy haul prediction.  The math ideas of measurement error and percent error are introduced.  Students then predict their own Halloween candy collections numbers and compare their predictions to their actual haul using measurement and percent error.

The activity: Trick-or-TreatingCandyTotals.pdf

CCSS: 7.RP.3, MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, MP6

For members, we have an editable Word docx of the activity, solutions, and a PowerPoint to use in your class.

Trick-or-TreatingCandyTotals.docx    Trick-or-TreatingCandyTotals-solutions.pdf    Halloween-Percent-Error.pptx

from Yummy Math https://www.yummymath.com/2019/how-much-halloween-candy-will-you-collect/

Make a costume from a sheet

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Whoops! Maybe I need a larger sheet.

I’m going to make a costume pattern to sell.  People can buy my plan and make awesome, long, full, scary, ghost costumes.  This scheme will be so simple.  Perhaps I’ll get rich!

In this activity young students can reason about the potential of a sheet, cut in a very defined circular shape, becoming a Halloween ghost costume. Notions of head diameter, sheet length, “less than” and “greater than” will all come into their reasoning.

 The activity:  SheetGhost.pdf

For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions.

SheetGhost.docx       SheetGhost-solution.pdf

CCSS: 6.G.A.4, 7.G.A, 7.G.B

from Yummy Math https://www.yummymath.com/2019/make-a-costume-from-a-sheet/