We Should Estimate!

We did that exponential growth/decay activity with M&M’s today. A great task for a wacky schedule due to standardized testing! At one point a student looked into his cup and said, “Does that look like 97 M&M’s?” Another kid said, “No way! I would have guessed that was more like 30.” The first kid then wondered aloud how many candies are in the packs you buy. Then he suggested we do some estimation tasks with M&M’s. Too bad this whole week is so messed up, next week! If kids are going to make suggestions on math problems I’ve got to take them up on it. 

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