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Subjects
  • Mathematics
    algebra, data analysis and probability, measurement, number and operations, problem solving

Grades

2-4

Brief Description

In this lesson, students exercise math skills as they analyze the contents of a bag of jellybeans.

Objectives

Students demonstrate an understanding of number relationships, reasoning, estimation, measurement, computation, and creating patterns.

Keywords

algebra, candy, data, jellybeans, math, measure, spring, weigh, weight

Materials Needed

  • Jelly Bellies -- each group needs at least two of each flavor: island punch, popcorn, tangerine, watermelon, very cherry, and bubble gum
  • small plastic bags
  • one metric ruler per group
  • one pencil per group
  • crayons
  • one Jelly Belly activity packet per group (printed from lesson)
  • scale that weighs in grams

Lesson Plan

In Integrating Math into a Spring Thematic Unit, students work in groups to organize, record, and perform mathematical operations with a bag of jellybeans.

Assessment

Teacher evaluates student activity packet for accuracy, and students submit a group assessment.

Lesson Plan Source

The Educator's Reference Desk

Submitted By

Cara Bafile

National Standards

MATHEMATICS: Algebra

  • GRADES Pre-K - 2
    NM-ALG.PK-2.1 Understand Patterns, Relations, and Functions
    NM-ALG.PK-2.2 Represent and Analyze Mathematical Situations and Structures Using Algebraic Symbols
  • GRADES 3 - 5
    NM-ALG.3-5.1 Understand Patterns, Relations, and Functions
    NM-ALG.3-5.2 Represent and Analyze Mathematical Situations and Structures Using Algebraic Symbols
MATHEMATICS: Data Analysis and Probability
  • GRADES Pre-K - 2
    NM-DATA.PK-2.1 Formulate Questions That Can Be Addressed With Data and Collect, Organize, and Display Relevant Data to Answer
    NM-DATA.PK-2.2 Select and Use Appropriate Statistical Methods to Analyze Data
    NM-DATA.PK-2.3 Develop and Evaluate Inferences and Predictions That Are Based on Data
  • GRADES 3 - 5
    NM-DATA.3-5.1 Formulate Questions That Can Be Addressed With Data and Collect, Organize, and Display Relevant Data to Answer
    NM-DATA.3-5.2 Select and Use Appropriate Statistical Methods to Analyze Data
    NM-DATA.3-5.3 Develop and Evaluate Inferences and Predictions That Are Based on Data
MATHEMATICS: Measurement
  • GRADES Pre-K - 2
    NM-MEA.PK-2.1 Understand Measurable Attributes of Objects and the Units, Systems, and Processes of Measurement
    NM-MEA.PK-2.2 Apply Appropriate Techniques, Tools, and Formulas to Determine Measurements
    GRADES 3 - 5
  • NM-MEA.3-5.1 Understand Measurable Attributes of Objects and the Units, Systems, and Processes of Measurement
    NM-MEA.3-5.2 Apply Appropriate Techniques, Tools, and Formulas to Determine Measurements
MATHEMATICS: Number and Operations
  • GRADES Pre-K - 2
    NM-NUM.PK-2.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
  • GRADES 3 - 5
    NM-NUM.3-5.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
MATHEMATICS: Problem Solving
  • GRADES Pre-K - 12 NM-PROB.PK-12.1 Build New Mathematical Knowledge Through Problem Solving
    NM-PROB.PK-12.2 Solve Problems That Arise in Mathematics and in Other Contexts
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Originally published 3/15/2002
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