How To Avoid Eating the Leftover Candy!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

The idea for this activity came to me right after Christmas, when I realized I had two of these in my cupboard:

My first thought was "how on earth will I keep from eating these!?!" My second thought was "fractions!" Our math coach is planning a math night in January and we had a conversation about using these for various math activities. In my mind I saw . . . 

The little bags came from the craft department at Walmart. I wanted something that would display the candy without students actually touching them. Of course, this idea can easily be adapted to almost any objects that will represent the fractions. I made bags for the fractions with the denominators 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

I then created recording pages for students to represent the fractions by coloring in the circles. We made a poster board size chart to glue the individual boxes to under the fraction labels (sorry, I should have taken a picture!). You can get a copy of my recording pages by clicking the picture below.
I'd love to hear how you adapt this for your class! Enjoy.


  1. Love this! I'm featuring this post on Bagels and Blogs later today. :)

    Math Coach’s Corner

  2. Yay! I am your 200th follower, what an honor! :) I love this idea and I will definitely bring it into my classroom. The little baggies are genius!

    Confessions of a Teachanista

  3. Who wouldn't love using M & M's to learn fractions? YUM!

    Thanks for the idea!



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