As this school year comes to a close, my students have been having some interesting inquiry based investigations in the area of Statistics and Probability. One of my favorite tasks is to have students work with Smarties or Skittles on a project. Last week, I brought in 50g packages of smarties for the students to sort and analyze. Students were amazed that the packages didn’t contain the same amount of smarties, or have the same distribution of colours. They estimated, sorted, created pictographs, bar graphs, line graphs, analyzed and compared results. Students worked in pairs and there was very little classroom distraction as students were intensely focussed on their tasks.
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