This is a picture book version of Jerry Seinfeld’s wonderful routine on what Halloween was like to him as a child.
Jerry Seinfeld, Little Brown, ©2002, ISBN 0-316-70625-6
The Candy Forced Choice
Create four signs – Strongly Agree, Strongly Disagree, Agree, Disagree. Tape on the four walls of the class. Ask a series of candy related questions and have students pre-decide before going and standing under the sign for their opinion. Students under that sign should first discuss their opinion with a partner. Then you conduct a class discussion.
Ask the students in the AGREE or DISAGREE categories first – students tend to gravitate there thinking they may avoid talking – and since this is oral language, we want everyone “in” the game.
- Candy is better than peanuts.
- O’Henry is better than Smarties.
- Children should not be given any candy under the age of 4.
- Parents whose children have cavities are abusive and should be fined.
- If there is no real chocolate in the bar, any words that sound “chocolatey” should not be allowed.
- Deciding what to eat is a decision for parents.
The Candy Vote
Around Halloween is a good time to conduct a survey. Obtain 5 different miniature candies – maybe asking students for suggestions first. Create a large chart with 5 columns, pasting a candy on each one. Explain to students the various factors that can affect a survey. (See the attached pages for an explanation of potential biases, and a possible survey). If conducting the survey, ask students to work in pairs to survey 10 students from other classes. If you have a class of 30 this would mean 150 student surveys. Here is an opportunity to ensure they understand how to calculate a percent from raw numbers. To make it easier, for younger students, ensure that only 100 surveys are conducted…results are then automatically in percentages.
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