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Marshmallow Challenge Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to the concept of delayed gratification through the use of the marshmallow challenge. Students will take part in the activity, watch a video lesson, and write about their learning.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define delayed gratification
  • Connect the concept of delayed gratification to their daily lives

Length

60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.2

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.B

Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.

Materials

  • Marshmallows (any size; enough for 2 per student)
  • Paper plates or napkins

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