Thursday, December 11, 2014

Candy Cane Craziness!

Can I just say that this time of year is INSANE??? So of course, throwing candy into the mix doesn't make things any easier.  So what did I do? I gave my kids four kinds of candy canes during math today.  I know, you are probably thinking I am crazy, and yes, I am. 

In math we worked on collecting and interpreting data.  So I had the grand idea to make this lesson Christmas themed.  Don't worry, everyone survived, including me, and we all did some learning in the process.

So, my idea was to give each student a piece of four different kinds of candy canes.  My kiddos tried every kind and decided which one they liked the most.  Then, they colored in a paper candy cane to match their choice.  They put the paper they colored under the correct category, and then we graphed that information.

Hearing my kids talk about the candy canes was a riot!  The looks on their faces were priceless as you can imagine, especially with the Sweet Tart brand!

We then graphed our results as a class and answered questions using our graphs. The kids then worked in groups to do a graph of the choices from their group.  They analyzed this information by answering questions comparing the categories on their graphs.

Some of my kids told me that I was the best teacher ever after this activity, although I feel like a Grinch lately, trying to rein in their wildness.

Check out a FREE copy of this activity on my TPT store: Candy Cane Graphing.  I have been up way to many hours and must...get...sleep!  I just keep thinking, "I think I can, I think I can!" I am hoping this is the case because we are in charge of the spirit assembly tomorrow and I pray it all goes well! Good luck tomorrow!  The weekend is soon approaching! :)

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