Unit, Vocabulary


This unit provides students with the opportunity to conduct mathematical investigations using popcorn. Students will measure length and volume of popped and unpopped kernels along with the mass. Students will compare and contrast their data from three types of popcorn, and calculate the average, ratio, percent, and probability. Temperature readings will be taken and graphed, and scatter and stem and leaf plots will be created to represent student results. The mathematical skills emphasized in Popcorn Math are measuring, collecting data, calculating for average, ratio, percent and probability, and graphing. This collection is available as downloadable PDFs, but portions of the content are found in wiki format (see WIKI Learning Experiences and Resources) which can be edited or built up with other materials on the same topic by members of the Curriki community. More About CABOCES Welcome to the Math, Science, and Technology Department (MST) of Cattaraugus Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CA BOCES). As a department of Instructional Support Services (ISS), we provide Math, Science, and Technology kits along with support services to meet the needs of the individual districts in our area. The BOCES Teaching and Learning Center at Allegany provides hands-on math, science, and technology kits to over twenty area school districts in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Our department provides forty-three different varieties of kit topics. The kits cover topics in math, life science, physical science, chemistry, and earth science. Each kit contains a teacher's manual, student activity book, materials inventory list, instructional video, and materials needed to complete each learning experience. Each kit aligns with the New York State standards and prepares students for the New York State assessments. Contact Information BOCES Teaching & Learning Center @ Allegany Math, Science, Technology & Health Dept. 80 N Fourth St, Third Floor Allegany, NY 14706 Phone: (716)-376-8272; Fax: (716)-372-0621 http://www.caboces.org http://www.mstkits.org http://www.nyreal.org


  • Mathematics > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


BOCES math average ratio percent probability graph data correlation experiment



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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-07-28.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This excellent mathematics unit consists of a teacher’s manual and a student manual to teach upper-elementary and middle-school students about measurement. The unit consists of five different activities doing investigations using popcorn. Each activity provides a list of materials needed, procedures, a glossary, and a way to evaluate the students. The activities are all easy to follow and include specific directions. The only downside to these activities is that they require specific items that not every teacher may have access to in their schools: mainly an oven. Overall, this is a well-organized and fun unit that can be adapted by teachers for their specific classrooms.

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