Pumpkin Patrol: Trick-or-Treat Candy Graph October 29 2009

This year, Halloween falls on a Saturday. This means November 1st is on a Sunday. No sugar hangovers in your classroom this year, but kids should still be sneaking candy to school the following week, which will leave plenty for you to confiscate for the classroom candy jar!

I digress. I don't know if you're into giving homework over the weekends. My teaching partners and I have traditionally been Monday through Friday homework people, but we have colleagues who give out packets on Friday and want them back the following Friday, completed.

Regardless of routine, you'll need to give out homework this weekend for Halloween. That way, when the kids come back on Monday, they'll have the information they need to complete the Trick-or-Treat Candy Graph!

I've included the page October 31st Homework that you simply need to print, copy and hand out to your students. They'll be sorting their candy anyway, they might as well take some notes :)! You may want to bribe them with something in order to encourage your students to complete the sheet and bring it back.

On Monday, they'll be smuggling candy that you'll confiscate for your own enjoyment (if it's chocolate), and you can have them do the following activity for math:

  1. Put students into groups of 4 if they aren't already
  2. Have them each get out their completed October 31st Homework pages (hand out bribes, if applicable)
  3. Hand out a piece of 11x17 white paper, or a large piece of butcher paper. Each student needs to have one specific marker color that he/she will use on this project. Each color of marker must appear an equal amount on the poster, and each person MUST use his/her own marker color. I also usually have the kids make a Color Key, indicating who used what color.
  4. Hand out the Trick-Or-Treat Candy Graph Sheet, one per group. Students need to use their homework sheets to fill in the data charts.
  5. Using the charts, students create a group graph. This is an open-ended activity, and I encourage students to be as creative as possible! Schedule some time for each group to share their graph and answer classmates' questions about it.

This graphing activity is a great group-work builder, as well as high-interest for kids - I mean, seriously, who doesn't love candy? I cannot imagine...:)