# Math Lesson Plan: Halloween Candy Counting

Lots of practise is needed when learning to count to 100, or even 200, and all that repetition may begin to get boring.  The counting time around Halloween NEVER needs to be boring.  There is an abundance of candy readily available for counting.  Students love to handle it and will count into the hundreds willingly, and for longer periods of time.  Hold the audience’s attention by promising a candy to the person who first hears any mistakes by the “counter”.  Correct counters also get a treat.  Each student counts about 20 numbers.  All ears and eyes are on the counting.

Objective:

1. Practise counting to 100 (for grade 1’s) and to 200 (by Grade 2’s)
2. Practise counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s as well.
3. Learn not to say “and” with “One hundred, two”, etc.  (only say “and” for fractions)

Materials:

1. about 300 separately wrapped candies (ask children and/or parents to bring in 10 each to use) **SAVE THE WRAPPERS AND CANDY BOXES TO USE FOR LESSON CALLED  “Learning Healthy Eating With Junk Food Jack and Healthy Harry“.
2. one large bowl (for putting counted candy in) and one large box (to hold candy before and after counting).
3. marker