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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

# Candy Math and Science

Got candy?  We do, and we’re having so much fun using it during living math lessons!  This year we added a little science classification to the mix, too.  Fun!  Fun!  Fun!

## Math

My preschooler made a concrete graph with his candy.

He had to sort the candy into groups before we could graph them and he created the group names all by himself – gum, chocolate, suckers, crunchy, chewy and hard.

After completing all sorts of averages based on different groupings of the candy, Caleb (6th grade) created this graph using Excel.  (This is another great computer integration activity for those of you who’ve asked me to share more about how we use the computer in our homeschool!)

## Science

Not a great picture, but I wanted you to see the entire concrete classification system my 6th grader made with his candy.  {A classification system is otherwise known as a taxonomy, which we compared to the classification system for plants and animals.}

Beginning with the main group of ‘candy’, Caleb decided how to break the large group into two smaller groups. He came up with ‘chocolate’ and ‘non-chocolate’ as his descriptions.

For each new category, he continued breaking the groups down into two new categories until he ended up with each specific type of candy in it’s own pile.

Finally, we walked through each candy’s “classification”. An example from our taxonomy chart -Candy; chocolate; bright wrappers; made with peanuts; made with peanut butter, crunchy, Butterfinger. Besides being a science activity, this also fits into the category of logic!

Check out some other candy math lessons we’ve posted in the past, too!