Create a gumball machine with gumballs for a math lesson on estimation, surface area or probability.
This gumball machine manipulative can be used across various grade levels for multiple math activities. Teach estimation and find exact answers, find the surface area of the gumball machine with 1" gumballs or discuss probability and likelihood with select gumball colors. This creative activity makes complicated concepts fun.
Estimate the number of gumballs needed to fill a gumball machine and compare the estimate to the exact answer.
Note: The SM Tags have been retired. Consider substituting with the LG Tags #3.
Supplies Used: Cardstock, Chalk, Glue, Pen (Silver), Scissors
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
Math: Data Analysis and Probability
Pre-K-5: Instructional programs from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to formulate questions that can be addressed with data and collect, organize and display relevant data to answer them.
Math: Problem Solving
Pre-K-12: Instructional programs from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to formulate questions that can be addressed with problem solving.
Standards are listed with permission from Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, copyright 2000 by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). NCTM does not endorse the content or validity of these alignments.
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