Classroom
Organisation Options:
 a packet for each group of three students under pain of death on
eating any before investigation complete
 a packet for the teacher ONLY who demonstrates tally systems and
eats the occasional M&M for effect :)
Use 'Create
a Graph' to graph the results of your investigation.
NB
Be sure to explore inappropriate graph types & why!
Possible
Question Stems:

What colour do you think will have the most M&Ms in the packet?
 What colour do you think will have the least number in the packet?
 What surprising results did you discover?
 Which colour was most prevalent?
 Which colour was least prevalent?
 There are about 1/2 as many Yellow M&Ms as Blue. True or
False?
 Which group has more than...?
 Which group has almost the same amount?
 How many more...?
 What is the total amount of M&Ms in this packet? How did
you arrive at this number?
Further
Investigations:

Is there a correlation between children's least favourite M&M
and the amount of that colour in a pack?
 Design a questionnaire that has your classmates rate M&Ms
from their favourite to least favourite colour. Graph the results
of this questionnaire.  What surprising correlations did you
find?
 Hook up with another school and compare results. The Internet
is a wonderful place!
Sensational
Headlines  "There are lies, damn lies & statistics"

Encourage your students to make up 'outrageous' statement based
on the results of this graph and discuss.  I'm thinking something
about 'boys' colours might be a nice place to start.