# Arkansas State Science Education

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```					                         GK12 Yr. 3 6E Lesson Plan Template
Author:                                           Date:
Amanda White, Patti Misner, Andy Andros           11-19-10
Topic:
Data Collection and Analysis
Using M&M Populations to Analyze Data             6th
Lesson Summary:
Students will analyze data collected from various M&M populations.

Arkansas Science Frameworks SLEs:
NS.1.6.2
Apply components of experimental design used to produce empirical evidence:
 hypothesis
 replication
 sample size
 appropriate use of control
 use of standardized variables

NS.1.6.3
Compare scientific data using mean, median, mode, and range using SI units
NS.1.6.4
Construct and interpret scientific data using
 data tables/charts
 bar and double bar graphs
 line graphs
 stem and leaf plots
 line graphs

NS.1.6.5
Communicate results and conclusions from scientific inquiry

NS.1.6.6
Develop and implement strategies for long-term, accurate data collection
Main SLE covered in this activity: (copy & paste SLE # and text from ADE website)
NS.1.6.3
Compare scientific data using mean, median, mode, and range using SI units
NS.1.6.4
Construct and interpret scientific data using
 data tables/charts
 bar and double bar graphs
 line graphs
 stem and leaf plots

Objectives: The learner will:
1) Collect data from Ziploc bags of M&Ms in two colors.
2) Organize the data into data charts
3) Conduct statistics on the data collected by finding the mean, median, and mode
4) Graph the data on a stem and leaf plot and double bar graph
Essential Question:
How can data be collected, organized and analyzed?
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Timeline:
1 class period 45 to 90 minutes
Materials: (what and how many of each are needed for individual students or groups of students)
per group:
 5 Ziploc bags containing 2 colors of M&Ms (labeled 1-5)
 Sharpie
 Activity Sheet

Teacher Preparation:
 Assemble materials
 Sort M&Ms according to colors
 Count M&Ms and place into separate Ziploc bags
 Label Ziploc bags 1-5
 Make copies of activity sheet
 Assign groups (no more than 4 students per group)
Student Prerequisites:
Be familiar with finding the mean, median and mode. Also, be familiar with bar graphs and stem
and leaf plots.
PROCEDURE
Engage:
Show a short power point presentation of different ways to conduct research and collect data using
an example of how to trap insects.
Explore:
Each group will count the number of M&Ms in each bag. Then, they will count how many of each
color are in the different bags and record their numbers in a data chart. They will then find the
mean, median, and mode for each color. They will plot their data on a stem and leaf plot and
construct a double bar graph.
Explain:
Each group will elect a reporter to explain the results of their experiment from their lab sheet.
Elaborate: The teacher will ask the students why data collection is vital to research and to come up
with new ways to collect data.
Extend:
The teacher will explain to the students how important data collection and analysis can be and how
math is often used in science experiments.
Evaluate:
The students will be graded according to participation and performance on the activity sheet.

CROSS CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS

Math: finding the mean, median, and mode and graphing data on stem and leaf plots and double bar
graphs.

Language Arts:

Social Studies:

Other:

Parental Involvement:
Technology Connections:
Using the SmartBoard to project a short powerpoint
Resources:
Internet
Notes:
Students should wear gloves while handling M&Ms and wash hands before eating them.
Credits: (if you modify an existing lesson, be sure to change it at least 10%)

This lesson: _X_is original   __was adapted from ___________________________’s original lesson.

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