PRODUCE:
MATH FOR GROCERY SHOPPING LESSON
Materials:
Procedure:
Use the lesson below for
teaching basic consumer math
grocery shopping concepts.
The lesson may either be printed
and read silently by the
students, or the instructor may
use the lesson as teaching
material.
Lesson:
At a grocery store, the produce
department often sells fruit and
vegetables at a price per pound
or a price per item. For
example, bananas may cost $0.44
per pound or tomatoes may cost
$0.89 each. In order to
determine the cost of the amount
of each item you would need, you
must figure the price per pound
or per item and then multiply by
the amount you wish to buy.
For example: If you wish to buy
2 pounds (lbs.) of bananas, and
the price is $0.44 per pound you
would multiply:
$0.44 x 2= ?
OR
$0.44
x 2
?
How much would 2 lbs. of bananas
cost?
Answer $0.88
Another example:
Tomatoes are
$0.89 each. You need to
purchase 12 tomatoes to make your
grandmother’s special pasta
sauce. How much will you pay for
12 tomatoes?
Multiply:
$0.89 x 12=?
OR
$0.89
x 12
?
How much would 12 tomatoes cost?
Answer $10.68
One more example:
John wishes to
buy one apple for each day that
he will take his lunch to work
with him this week. He will work
5 days, but on one day, his
sister is taking him to a
restaurant for lunch. If his
local grocer sells apples for
$0.57 each, how much will he
spend on apples for his lunches
this week?
Ask How many apples are
needed? 
4 
Ask How much do apples cost?

$0.57 
Multiply 
______ 

$2.28 
Answer John will spend $2.28 on
apples for his lunches this
week.
Assessment:
Use the worksheets to evaluate
students' understanding of the
material.