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Topic: M&M
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 AHankla@aol.com Posts: 132 Registered: 12/6/04
M&M
Posted: Aug 28, 1996 8:22 PM

(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?