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Daughter isotopes are represented by the M side down (stable).
Students begin by pouring the 100 M&Ms on the table, and set aside the "stable" isotopes (M side down).
As far as mastery of content, this activity is done in our rocks and minerals unit.
Students should have some prior knowledge of rocks and how they are dated. Materials Needed: -100 M&Ms (per group) -Notebook -Piece of Paper -Plastic Container with a Lid Lesson should be introduced by reviewing the 2 broad ways scientists age rocks (relative dating and radioactive dating).
Skills: -critical thinking -data analysis -questioning -graphing and data collecting Vocab Words: 1. This activity can be adapted for older students, but is used in an 8th grade earth science classroom.Class size can vary, but activity should be done in groups of 2-3.