Students apply math to grocery shopping
Published 12:13 pm Saturday, October 17, 2015
Students of S.P. Morton Elementary School attended a Math Night on Thursday at Food Lion. There the children went around the store and completed different math problems that related to skills they have been learning in school.
“We had over 100 students attend this year. It was a great turn out,” Liz Burgess from S.P. Morton said.
S.P. Morton Principal Jason Chandler gave the students a “dress down” pass for attending the event.
When students arrived they were asked to sign in and then they were given a clipboard and a worksheet to complete.
The difficulty and tasks that were on the worksheet depended on the student’s grade level.
The younger pupils had questions that involved things such as counting the amount of dog treats, while the older students had questions that included adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing prices of products.
Teachers lined the aisles of the grocery store and stood in different sections to help students and parents if they had any questions.
Burgess said that all the pupils who attended the event were able to answer all the questions either by themselves or with the help of parents and teachers, and no one complained that they felt the material was too difficult or too easy.
Students were also given apples to snack on as they walked around the store. Once they completed the worksheet they were given prizes that were provided by Food Lion such as coloring books, bouncing balls, hand sanitizer, lollipops and pencils.
“It was a great success and a great educational experience for the students and the parents. It was a true real world application of math for the kids and I think everybody had a lot of fun,” Burgess added.