Grocery Store Math

Grocery Store Math activities are built around the concept that children can and should learn in context of ‘real life’ activity and experiences.

Most adults use more math skills in the activity of visiting the grocery store and selecting and purchasing the weekly food items for the family, than in any other activity on routine.  By providing learning activities, as a family, around this chore, children will learn concepts and skills in experiences that will engage them authentically.  The descriptions below show the types of standards that can be easily experienced within the grocery store setting.  Additionally, resources which reinforce this concept can be purchased from TeachersPayTeachers store by clicking on the link.  As resources are developed, the links in the sections become ‘live’ and the resource can be accessed.

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Pre-K and Kindergarten

Resources for parents of students preparing for Kindergarten

  • Counting
  • Addition / Subtraction 
  • Basic Shapes

1st  Grade


  • Use addition and subtraction to solve word problems within 1-20
  • Odd and Even numbers
  • Place value 
  • Order objects by length
  • Understand subtraction 
  • Relate counting to addition and subtraction
  • Count to 120
  • Add to within 100

2nd Grade


  • Addition / Subtraction w/in 100
  • Fluently add and subtract within 100
  • Find total number of objects arranged in arrays of up to 5 x 5
  • Read and write whole numbers up to 1000
  • Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.

3rd and 4th Grade


5th and 6th Grade