Welcome to Grocery Store Math!

Discover the excitement of math in the real world using grocery store mathematics.

Students always want to know "when will we ever use this!" Grocery store mathematics is a fresh way to teach mathematics in the real world, also known as consumer math or home economics. This is a complete semester in which students will learn how to use mathematics to stay under budget while shopping. In this class students will get to go shopping to practice their real world skills.

The classes in this series are:

  • In Module 1 students will learn what estimation(rounding) is, why estimation is important and how to use estimation when shopping. Students will learn how to round prices to the nearest dollar and ten cent.
  • In Module 2 students will learn how to add and subtract prices that are rounded to the nearest dollar or ten cent.
  • In Module 3 students will learn how to understand the weekly store ads and use them.
  • In Module 4 students will learn how to calculate the prices of produce measured by pounds.
  • In Module 5 students will learn how to calculate sales prices
  • In Module 6 student will learn how to add up all the prices to calculate sales tax.
  • Module 7 is the culminating project in which students combine all that they learn to create a budget for a week’s work of groceries, create a menu plan for that week, create a shopping list and execute the shopping list while staying under budget.

Prior Knowledge:

Students should know how to add and subtract whole numbers.

This course includes hands-on, real learning activities. Parents and students will be asked to determine a budget for grocery shopping, make a simple list and go to the grocery store with their family to practice what was learned.

Field Trips Encouraged:

 Parents will be asked to take a field trip with their kids to the grocery store to help them shop in the culminating project. Parents are encouraged to reward their children with a prize (that is within the budget) if the children manage to estimate correctly while shopping.