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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. *

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

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