(from Jenny Kotlerman) >Get a packet of m&m's for every student. Have them eat it keeping track ofhow many brown candies there are. On a board number a line from zero to whatever is necessary and have each kid come up and put a postit note above thenumber that represents the number of brown candies in their packet. As thekids stick the paper one on top of the other, they are creating a very nice, normally distributed bar graph. You can then talk about the mean, median,mode, range, etc,etc.
AHankla's comment and request for others' experience My experience with M&M tells me that the variation in one color is not much. The number of each particular color remains relatively constant. One gets a distribution in color but that is not "normal". I would like to do this activity Tuesday. Anyone have experience with the distribution? How many kids are needed to get a distribution?