# Grocery Math Activities for your Grocery Store Unit

Grocery math activities related to the grocery unit can include any level of math skill that you want to reinforce.
Grocery Math Ideas:

Coupon mathCalculate the cost of an item by subtracting the amount of the coupon value from the original cost of the item.

Calculate the cost of an item by subtracting the percentage indicated on the coupon from the original cost of the item.

Determine whether a coupon for a certain value is more or less of a savings to the consumer than the coupon for a percentage off.

Calculate the cost of a single item with a “buy one get one free” coupon.

Calculate the cost of two items with a “buy one get one half off” coupon.

Calculate the cost of a single item with a “buy one get one half off” coupon.

Using available coupon choices, calculate the total cost of all items selected after the coupon discount is taken.

Using available coupon choices, calculate the total savings represented by the coupons.

Using available coupon choices “purchase” 5 grocery items for less than $10.00; $5.00.

Using available coupon choices which items can be purchased for the least amount of money?

Weights and Measures

Using a recipe, determine appropriate amounts needed to purchase according to the weight or volume of the grocery items.

Compare which items are sold by weight versus volume.

How many cups equal one pound of dry measure? Of liquid measure?Which items are sold by weight? By measure?

Calculate how many servings you would need of a given item to create one portion served at a restaurant.

To get a full day’s supply of a given nutrient, determine how many servings of a specific item would be required.

How many teaspoons equal one tablespoon? How many tablespoons equal one cup? How many tablespoons equal one ounce? How many teaspoons equal one cup? How many cups equal one quart? How many tablespoons equal one quart? How many pints equal one gallon? How many pints equal one pound? How many ounces equal one cup? How many ounces equal one pound? How many ounces equal one gallon?

Experiment with measuring liquids using measuring spoons, measuring cups and a scale.

Experiment with measuring solids using measuring spoons, measuring cups and a scale.

Additional Grocery Math Activities:

Recipe Math

Using a recipe, calculate the amounts of ingredients needed to double the recipe. To cut it in half? For one serving? To serve the whole class? The whole school? The whole neighborhood? The city?

How do you find out how many calories are in a serving? How many calories are in one serving of the chosen recipe?

Follow a recipe of your choice to make a snack for the class.

Orange Sections = FractionsPeal and section an orange. How many pieces are there? Are they all the same size? How many pieces make up ½ of the orange?

1+1+1 Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup of peanut butter1 cup of sugar1 eggMix all ingredients together. Roll into about walnut sized balls and flatten with a fork dipped in sugar to keep the dough from sticking to the fork. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8 minutes. Time may be adjusted for personal preference for doneness. Cool and eat or store in covered container. Each batch makes approximately 1 dozen cookies.

Plan a garden on graph paper

Using math instruments such as rulers, protractors and graph paper, draw a plan for your garden.

Mapping delivery routes to grocery stores

Use local street maps with grocery stores located and marked. Laminate maps and provide children with wipe-off markers. Find and draw on the map the most direct route from the main road into town and then from one store to the next until all stores have received deliveries.

Whether you are working on graphing, addition, percentages, estimating, even one to one correspondence and permanence of objects can be taught and reinforced through your grocery math activities.

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