Monday, October 31, 2011

Candy Cell Models

One week of candy wasn't quite enough, so here's one more!  Happy Halloween!

A good friend did this with her 5th grade students following Halloween one year, and it was a great success. 

The students were studying cells and they were placed in groups and instructed to make a cell model using different types of candy.  The students rationalized what would work best for each organelle and each contributed some candy from their own stash to create the finished product. 

The students enjoyed their work and their parents were quite happy to have the candy put to use other than eating!

And, this activity could be adapted to whatever you happe to be studying right around Halloween.  Students could use candy to make models of body parts/systems, atoms, viruses, bacteria, etc.

1 comment:

  1. How does it work? Do you just decorate a paper with the candy? or put pieces on top of each other? or enclose it all inside a licorice circle or something?