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Candy factory

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Ready, set, count! It looks easy at first, but paying close attention to the candies coming out on the conveyor belt gets trickier as the pace picks up. It also gets much funnier. Let's see just how accurate our counting abilities really are as we watch Lucy and Ethel wrap (and eat) candy!

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If you watch the original video of Lucy and Ethel wrapping candy in the candy factory, you may ask yourself, "Is there any math here?" Not sure? That's why Trapper Hallam created his version of the candy factory video. As you can see wrapping candies by hand can be a tedious and time consuming task, no matter how fast they come out on the conveyor belt. In this day and age automation of factories provide for a larger product yield. With that in mind, see if you can discover how many Hershey kisses can be wrapped in one minute.This video shows an automatic candy wrapper that's incredibly fast. This video shows a candy wrapping machine from 1958 with no electronic parts. This video is a little snippet of a candy bar wrapping machine in operation. This video shows an entire production line from just after the candy is made to the candy's finished wrapper. This video shows something a little different than chocolate -- it shows deli sandwiches.Speaking of counting, watch this TED-Ed Lesson to learn how counting started -- and to learn how big infinity really is. Now imagine having to count an infinite number of candies! Geez.I wonder what other lessons we can learn from television shows. I am sure that clips from some of television's favorite moments could not only teach us about math, but science and philosophy, history and outer space. The people behind television can also teach us a thing or two about life, love, and other mysteries. Just for fun, here's an interview with Lucille Ball conducted by Barbara Walters.[(This lesson meets: CCSS Practice 6: Attending to precision / CCSS Standard: F-BF.2) Mathematically proficient students communicate precisely with others and try to use clear mathematical language when discussing their reasoning. They understand meanings of symbols used in mathematics and can label quantities appropriately. In grade 6, students continue to refine their mathematical communication skills by using clear and precise language in their discussions with others and in their own reasoning. Students use appropriate terminology when referring to rates, ratios, geometric figures, data displays, and components of expressions, equations or inequalities.]
To complete this activity please download the The Candy Factory: Sequences and series worksheet to complete and bring to class the tomorrow. The Candy Factory: Sequence and Series
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