Before we left for break, I taught Deanna's skittle math lesson from her St. Patrick's Day unit. I know St. Patrick's Day has passed now, but there are several lessons from the unit that could be used any time, so if you have not purchased it, you may want to still check it out.
I began the lesson by talking about graphing and collecting data so that we could learn more about a concept or answer a question. I passed out one skittle to each student and told them to make sure they knew the color of their skittle. I also told them that we would be creating a graph to show what color of skittles we each got and to find out what color we had the most of, the least of, etc. Then we ate our skittle and began our data collection.
After my complete model, I gave students their own graphs, ten-frames, and baggies of skittles. I found that the complete model helped all of the students to be much more successful the first time. The ten-frame helped them keep track of their skittles easier too. A lot of times, we have students lay the candies on the graph but this makes it hard for them to keep track of and color the graph.
On a different note.... Deanna's unit also has a lesson on making a rainbow. This activity would make a great how-to writing lesson.