Skittles Maths Lesson – A Variety of Skills

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Summary:

In this lesson students use a bag of skittles to practise their skills of converting fractions-decimals-percentages as well as representing the data in various forms. Plus they get to eat skittles at the end!

Australian Curriculum Links:

  • Describe probabilities using fractions, decimals and percentages (ACMSP144)
  • Make connections between equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages (ACMNA131)
  • Interpret and compare a range of data displays, including side-by-side column graphs for two categorical variables (ACMSP147)
  • Interpret secondary data presented in digital media and elsewhere (ACMSP148)
  • Construct simple prisms and pyramids

Lesson:

Introduction:
  1. Handout Skittles Maths worksheet and explain the instruction of what is required. (Make sure that you say they can’t eat the skittles to the end of the task.
Body:
  1. Teach whichever students the skill of writing the skittles as fractions then how to convert to decimals and finally percentages.
  2. Talk about the mean, median and mode if applicable
  3. When constructing the nets, it helps to run a mini workshop lesson to assist this.

Conclusion:

  1. Students can produce their findings on a poster to help demonstrate their understanding.

Assessment:

  • Work Samples
  • Anecdotal notes

Resources:

  • Skittle Maths┬áHandout Sheet
  • Brown Paper bags
  • 2 x 400g grams of skittles.

 

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