Family Math Night at the grocery store is a popular event at Food Lion supermarkets, and elementary school students from Church Hill Tennessee had recent real world experience with math at the local store.
The school event was organized by Surgoinsville Elementary School kindergarten teacher Susan Jones, who was on hand with principal Amanda Smith and several faculty members to register the students and assist them with grade specific math tasks required to compete. According to Smith, students in kindergarten through fourth grade were “taking math skills that they had learned in the classroom and applying them to real-world math in the grocery store.”
Each year, there are 30 to 50 Surgoinsville students involved in Family Math Night at Food Lion. The students are accompanied by their parents, and receive grade-specific instructions when they register. These include tasks that range from counting, measuring, comparing, and estimation.
“They do some real-life math like seeing how much things cost and seeing how healthy things are,” Jones said. “It’s real-life math on their grade level,” Jones said. “Depending on what grade level they are, they have different activities.”