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Grab It and Graph It!Grab It and Graph It! What’s the best graph to use for the information you need? Data and Graphing Activity with M&M’s CATHY JONES Math Instruction Specialist Center for Mathematics and Science Education Arkansas NASA Education Resource Center 346 N. West Avenue, Room 202 Fayetteville, Arkansas PH:(479) FAX:(479) Web: cmase.uark.edu Wiki: cmasemath.pbwiki.com Compiled & Presented by:

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Questions to Investigate Can you predict the total number of M&Ms in your bag? Can you predict the number of each color? Can you compare your prediction to the actual amounts? –What type of data needs to be collected? –How will the data be collected and organized? Data and Graphing Activity with M&M’s

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M&M part 1 COUNTING M&Ms First estimate the total and predict how many M&Ms of each color are inside the bag. Record your predictions in the table provided. Is the total prediction logical? Are the predictions for the individual colors reasonable? Do the totals match? Then open your bag and find your actual total and how many you have of each color. Record your results on the same table.

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Individual M&M Data Recording Sheet COLORSPREDICTIONACTUAL RED ORANGE BLUE YELLOW GREEN BROWN ACTUAL TOTAL ESTIMATED TOTAL Name: ______________________________________

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M&M part 2 Creating a Graph __________ ____________ __________ Identify the graphs shown here. We will use each of these to record the data of the ACTUAL number of M & M’s. __________ #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 Name: ______________________________________

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Creating a Graph PictoGraph LinePlot ScatterPlot Bar Graph Identify the graphs shown here. We will use each of these to record the data of the ACTUAL number of M & M’s. Circle Graph #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 Name: ______________________________________

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PictoGraph Student Worksheet Name: ______________________________________

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blue yellow brown red green orange Grab It & Graph It PictoGraph

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blue yellow brown red green orange Grab It & Graph It PictoGraph

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Bar Graph Student Worksheet Name: ______________________________________

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blue yellow brown red green orange Grab It & Graph It Bar Graph

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blue yellow brown red green orange Grab It & Graph It Bar Graph

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LinePlot Student Worksheet Name: ______________________________________

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blue yellow brown red green orange Grab It & Graph It LinePlot

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blue yellow brown red green orange Grab It & Graph It LinePlot

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Scatter Plot Student Worksheet Name: ______________________________________

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blue yellow brown red green orange Scatter Plot Grab It & Graph It

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blue yellow brown red green orange Scatter Plot Grab It & Graph It

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Circle Graph Student Worksheet Name: ______________________________________ blue ______ ______ yellow ______ ______ brown ______ ______ red ______ ______ green ______ ______ orange ______ ______

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Circle Graph Grab It & Graph It blue ______ ______ yellow ______ ______ brown ______ ______ red ______ ______ green ______ ______ orange ______ ______

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Circle Graph Grab It & Graph It blue ______ ______ yellow ______ ______ brown ______ ______ red ______ ______ green ______ ______ orange ______ ______

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What are the major differences among these graphs? What are the advantages or disadvantages of the different type graphs?

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Extension: Class M&M Data Recording Sheet COLORSPREDICTIONACTUAL RED ORANGE BLUE YELLOW GREEN BROWN ACTUAL TOTAL ESTIMATED TOTAL

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