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Marshmallow Data Review: A Math Activity Your Students Will LOVE

Marshmallows and math don't usually go hand in hand but it sure gets your students attention! This idea came to me while I was planning a Valentine's party for my students. Allowing the students to have some fun, while calculating mean, median, and mode is a great refresher for everyone. Then having the students figure out ratios and fractions was the icing on the cake! Be sure to grab this FREE printable! {freebies, math activities, printable, elementary}
As I was planning my Valentine's Day party last week, I had a weird, random series of events that led to a math activity.  One game suggested that you give students a few marshmallows and have them toss them into a partner's mouth.  I thought, "Hey!  My kids will love this, and proceeded to buy several bags of marshmallows."

As I told my husband about the game, he said, "Ewwww, gross! Who is going to be ____'s partner?!"  He was right.  Who was going to be the nose picker's partner?!  I quickly revised my plan, and this domino effect of math fun just kind of created itself!

Marshmallows and math don't usually go hand in hand but it sure gets your students attention! This idea came to me while I was planning a Valentine's party for my students. Allowing the students to have some fun, while calculating mean, median, and mode is a great refresher for everyone. Then having the students figure out ratios and fractions was the icing on the cake! Be sure to grab this FREE printable! {freebies, math activities, printable, elementary}
I quickly threw together this recording sheet, and put ten marshmallows into sandwich baggies for my kids!

Marshmallows and math don't usually go hand in hand but it sure gets your students attention! This idea came to me while I was planning a Valentine's party for my students. Allowing the students to have some fun, while calculating mean, median, and mode is a great refresher for everyone. Then having the students figure out ratios and fractions was the icing on the cake! Be sure to grab this FREE printable! {freebies, math activities, printable, elementary}
When we were ready for math on Friday, I asked each student to stand up, try to be at least a little bit coordinated, and toss one marshmallow into their mouth.  Then, they recorded if their marshmallow "made" and "missed" their mouth.  We repeated this process nine more times.  

On a side note, I recorded this and shared it with the parents of my students.  It was entertaining!

Marshmallows and math don't usually go hand in hand but it sure gets your students attention! This idea came to me while I was planning a Valentine's party for my students. Allowing the students to have some fun, while calculating mean, median, and mode is a great refresher for everyone. Then having the students figure out ratios and fractions was the icing on the cake! Be sure to grab this FREE printable! {freebies, math activities, printable, elementary}
Next comes the part where one of my kids said, "Mrs. Wilp, can't you ever let us just have FUN without ruining it with MATH?!"  (Bahaha!  You're funny kid.  The answer is no.)  They recorded their number of "made" marshmallows in the number one spot and collected data from three other students.  Together, they worked to find the mean, median, mode, and range of their data.  We have already covered this, but WHOA, my kids totally needed a little review.  You know the types of questions I heard, "Is the mean the average or the one in the middle?"  UGH!

Marshmallows and math don't usually go hand in hand but it sure gets your students attention! This idea came to me while I was planning a Valentine's party for my students. Allowing the students to have some fun, while calculating mean, median, and mode is a great refresher for everyone. Then having the students figure out ratios and fractions was the icing on the cake! Be sure to grab this FREE printable! {freebies, math activities, printable, elementary}
Then, we reviewed ratios by writing ratios to represent our data.

Marshmallows and math don't usually go hand in hand but it sure gets your students attention! This idea came to me while I was planning a Valentine's party for my students. Allowing the students to have some fun, while calculating mean, median, and mode is a great refresher for everyone. Then having the students figure out ratios and fractions was the icing on the cake! Be sure to grab this FREE printable! {freebies, math activities, printable, elementary}
And last but not least, we reviewed writing the data as percentages and fractions.  

Marshmallows and math don't usually go hand in hand but it sure gets your students attention! This idea came to me while I was planning a Valentine's party for my students. Allowing the students to have some fun, while calculating mean, median, and mode is a great refresher for everyone. Then having the students figure out ratios and fractions was the icing on the cake! Be sure to grab this FREE printable! {freebies, math activities, printable, elementary}
You can grab this recording sheet, along with an alternative form in case you would rather use a season candy such as candy corn, candy hearts, or jelly beans, by clicking the image above!

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