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Author: Sara Wheeler
System:Calhoun County
School:Alexandria High School
Lesson Plan ID: 26258

Sweethearts and Data Analysis


This activity uses boxes of Sweethearts for students to gather data.  They will perform computations and use their data to create a circle graph, frequency table, histogram, and line plot.

This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.

Content Standard(s):
MA2013(6) 29. Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context, such as by: [6-SP5]
MA2013(7) 1. Compute unit rates associated with ratios of fractions, including ratios of lengths, areas, and other quantities measured in like or different units. [7-RP1]
MA2013(8) 25. Construct and interpret scatter plots for bivariate measurement data to investigate patterns of association between two quantities. Describe patterns such as clustering, outliers, positive or negative association, linear association, and nonlinear association. [8-SP1]
MA2013(9-12) Algebra41. Represent data with plots on the real number line (dot plots, histograms, and box plots). [S-ID1]
MA2013(9-12) Algebra43. Interpret differences in shape, center, and spread in the context of the data sets, accounting for possible effects of extreme data points (outliers). [S-ID3]
Local/National Standards:


Data Analysis and Probability (6-8)

formulate questions, design studies, and collect data about a characteristic shared by two populations or different characteristics within one population;
select, create, and use appropriate graphical representations of data, including histograms, box plots, and scatterplots.
Primary Learning Objective(s):

The student will be able to collect and enter data to create a frequency table.  The student will be able to independently create graphical representations of the data collected.

Additional Learning Objective(s):  
Approximate Duration of the Lesson: 31 to 60 Minutes
Materials and Equipment:

1 box of Sweethearts candy for each student (if not doing this as a Valentine's Day activity, use any candy that can be sorted by color, like M&M's or Fruit Loops), paper towels, 1 Sweethearts Activity worksheet for each student, circle drawing tool (such as a protractor or compass), pencil, colored pencils or markers

Technology Resources Needed:

Computer with Internet access connected to a television or LCD projector, calculator


Students should be able to independently construct graphical representations of data.  In particular, they will create a circle graph, frequency table, line plot, and histogram.  Click the following links to view pictures of each graph they should be able to create:

circle graph, frequency table, line plot, and histogram


1.  Give each student a box of Sweethearts and a paper towel.  Do not allow them to open the box until you give permission.

2.  Distribute one Sweethearts Activity worksheet to each student.  Make sure each student has a calculator, circle tool, pencil, and at least six different colored pencils or markers.

3.  Once everyone has a worksheet, allow them to begin by opening their box and filling in the worksheet.  Use the Table Steps file if they need steps for converting between columns to fill out the table.

4.  Check to make sure each student's columns total up correctly.  Then have them create the graphical representations.

Attachments:**Some files will display in a new window. Others will prompt you to download. SweetheartsActivity.rtf
Assessment Strategies:

Print out copies of this worksheet to assign as homework if needed.  It gives students extra practice with graphical representations.



Distribute the Follow-Up questions worksheet (attached).  Students completing this will need to keep their Sweethearts box in order to answer the questions.

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