Halloween Isn’t Over Yet

Halloween has math legs, and the Halloween loot your kids gathered can provide scores of math lessons long after the trick-or-treating is over.
Look again at the pictures of the two bags of 100 candies in Bag 1 and Bag 2 in the prior blog, Candy Calculations.  Although hard to count from the pictures, here are counts of each type within each bag:
Bag 1: 9 Almond Joys, 16 Reese’s, 45 Kit Kats, 30 Hershey’s.
Bag 2: 14 Almond Joys, 22 Reese’s, 54 Kit Kats, 10 Hershey’s.

The next picture is the nutrition facts for one of the four candy minis-Reese’s.

Rather than show you the four pictures with nutrition details of each of the four types of candy, we present the details here:

Kit Kat Wafer Bar Miniatures: Serving size 5 pieces (43 g); 210 calories.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures: Serving size 5 pieces (44 g); 220 calories.
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Miniatures: Serving size 6 pieces (43 g); 220 calories.
Almond Joy Candy Bar Miniatures: Serving size 3 pieces (40 g); 190 calories.

Now let’s have some fun.

The following questions are designed to provoke student/child thought and discussion alone or in groups. Learners should discuss their thinking and let others respond to their ideas.

• Which type of candy allows the most number of pieces in a serving?
• Can you order the candy types (Kit Kat, Almond Joy, Reese’s and Hershey’s) by number of calories in a serving from lowest to highest?
• How many calories are in each piece of candy?
• Which bag has the most calories?
• Which piece of candy is the heaviest?
• Which one is your favorite candy? If you are allowed 300 calories for candy, how many pieces could you eat?
• If you want to eat the candy that would allow you to eat the most number of pieces in order to maintain only 300 calories, which candy would you choose?

Halloween is the holiday that keeps on giving opportunities to learn about numbers. As long as your kids still have candy, you’ve got a chance to introduce math concepts in a way that’s easy to swallow.

Stay tuned: Nutrition labels are filled with numbers – percentages, ounces, grams, and milligrams. In future blogs, I’ll show you how to make those numbers come alive for your students or children.