What are some different ways we can show data?† The 4th graders practiced making different types of graphs and calculated percents in this activity.† We learned a lot about graphs and dataÖand we got to eat our M&Mís!
First, each student had to decide which color M&M was their favorite: orange, blue, green, brown, yellow, or red.† They colored in their M&M character, and as a class we created a pictograph.† A pictograph uses pictures or symbols to represent data.
Key: 1 M&M is equal to 1 vote.
Then students were challenged to estimate how many of each color M&Mís were inside the bag.† The students then opened the bag and filled in their data chart with the actual number of each color M&Mís.† The students figured out the total number of M&Mís in the bag and figured out the fraction for each color.† Then we used division to find the percent of M&Mís that were specific colors.† We compared our percents to the data on the official M&M website that tells what percent of M&Mís are produced in various colors.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Data from www.m-ms.com
After all that calculating, it was time to make our pie chart, or circle graph.† The students arranged their M&Mís by color around the circle graph and then divided up the graph accordingly.† After completing the circle graph, students used numbers from their data chart to create a bar graph.
The 4th graders did a great job using different types of graphs to show their data!