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A Copious Quantity of Candy Corn

A Copious Quantity of Candy Corn

Who knew math tastes so good?  Fifth-grade students in Mrs. Thomas’s math class extended their understanding of volume to answer a novel question:  How much candy corn would be needed to fill our entire classroom?

 

Prior to beginning their work in learning groups, students identified what information they needed to solve the problem and the tools they needed.  

 

Armed with yardsticks, small containers, and bags of candy corn, students determined the volume of the classroom, the volume of the small container, and how many candy corn were needed to fill the small container.

 

There was a wide range of answers, with an average of about 155 million candy corn.  That translates to 1,036,615 bags of candy corn with a combined weight of approximately 356 tons.  No doubt, that’s a copious quantity of candy corn!

 

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