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Math Lesson
for Chocolate Day
Objective:
The students will estimate and count
a measured number of objects.

Materials

Measuring
cups  1 cup, 1/2, and 1/4. The students will be
divided into groups of 45 students. Have enough
measuring cups so each group has one of each. If
the students are young, this lesson may also be done
as a teacher demonstration and work together as a
whole class. In that situation, only one
measuring cup of each size is needed.

Chocolate
chips, m&m's, Tootsie Rolls, or Hershey's Kisses (to be used as
manipulatives.) (As a side note, over 300
chocolate chips will fill a 1 cup measuring cup,
therefore, a larger sized candy may be more appropriate for
younger students.)

How
Many Pieces of Chocolate? Worksheet

Procedure

Pass
out the How
Many Pieces of Chocolate? Worksheet.

Hold
up the 1 cup measuring cup and a handful of the chosen
candies (either chocolate chips, m&m's or
kisses). Ask the students how many pieces of
this candy will fit into the cup, with it being level
on the top. Have the students record their
estimate on the worksheet.

Divide
the class into groups (if appropriate) and give each
group the measuring cups and the candies. If
done as a teacher demonstration, fill the 1 cup with
the candies and then work as a class to count for the
actual amount. If the students are in groups,
have them work to measure the candies and count
them. Discuss procedures for counting the
total. For example, they may group the candies
into piles of 10s for easier counting.

Older
students may work on fraction concepts of 1/2 and 1/4
when their total numbers have been counted. They
may also find the differences between their estimates
and their actual amounts.

Other
Lesson Ideas

Have
the students graph their favorite way to eat chocolate
 i.e. chocolate milk, chocolate pudding, chocolate
cake, hot chocolate, etc.

Use
any of the m&m math books or the Hershey math
books for a variety of math activities.

On
average, each American eats 12 pounds of chocolate per
year. Using a scale, find items in the classroom
that equal 12 pounds.


