Submitted by Angie Honda
Required Materials - A bag of trail mix snacks is required. The trail mix needs to have a variety of ingredients, such as peanuts, pretzels, chocolate chips, dried fruit, etc.
Give each student a small portion of trail mix in little baggies or on a paper towel. Guide the students in classifying the trail mix in the following mathematical ways:
- Each like ingredient should be grouped together and counted. The students can make note of the data on a form that you supply.
- Next, have the students graph the individual trail mix components by amounts, in a pie chart or or bar graph.
- Take the math lesson a step further and have your students express the ingredient amounts as fractions of the whole.