We purchased a 4 pound jar of Jelly Beans from Costco this week. I didn’t realize that it would become one of the girl’s favorite math manipulative.
There are 49 different favors included in the jar. However, I didn’t want the girls to sort them by taste…so they chose to sort them by color!
9 different categories.
A full rainbow of Jelly Beans for next time!
Math application (Multiplication): We counted out 144 beans. We used the beans to illustrate the times tables from 1’s to 12’s. For my hands-on learners this is very fun…and rewarding;
Graphing: After sorting the beans into colors, we counted the total of beans. We then made a bar graph to show which color had the largest number of beans. In this case the red won!
Bible: We used jelly beans to illustrate Jesus’ parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30. This was completely by accident, but it worked amazingly well!
Items for lesson: KJV Bible, Pencil, Larry Burkett Money Matters, and
15 bags of Jelly Beans (each bag = 1 talent)
Notebook Page I created for this study.
Bella is sad because she only gets 1 bag of jelly beans.
The Boy shows his amazing investment skills. He invested my beans in shares of food. He doubled 5 bags into 10 bags of beans!
Gabby bought animals and then sold them. This made her bags double in total to 4 bags of jelly beans.
Bella hid her bag of beans, so she still only has 1 bag of beans. As the story indicated, I gave her bag of beans to her brother. She was really sad.
It was a great discussion. We talked about the principle of investment and earning interest. We talked about being wise with our money. We also talked about being good stewards.
All three were rewarded with a few jelly beans of their own!
As a follow-up, we talked about how God gives us gifts or talents we can use. The question is are we going to hide them or use them so they can be doubled? I had each child choose 3 gifts that they can use for God.
Gabby’s choices – Acting, so she can show others how God loves us, Love, so she can show others God’s love and Caring, she has an amazing heart for people.
Bella’s choices – Gymnastics, she can thank God for her talent, Love, she loves people, Hug, she can give others hugs.
The Boy’s choices – Martial Arts, he can show love to the other kids, Friendly, he is amazingly friendly, Compassionate, like mommy, the Boy is compassionate. Now, if we can just work on that spelling…
It was a fun lesson. My kids feedback indicates that they understood the lesson. They all agreed we had to share it with others.