Seventy two eighth grade students from Delhi Middle School learned the importance of quantity and unit price while grocery shopping at Remke-Biggs in Delhi on Thursday, October 18.
Students teamed up to gather required items and stay within their $50 budget. Prizes were awarded to the team who spent the least amount of money and the team who came closest to the $50 limit. Their grocery list included fruit, lunch meat, drinks for one week, snacks from the chip aisle and the cookie aisle, two frozen food items, eight rolls of paper towels, one shampoo item, one soap item, a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk.
The students were charged with choosing items they felt had the best unit price as well as best value. This exercise matched their classroom learning about percentages, unit price and value.
“These kinds of opportunities really help our students see the value in the math skills that they are learning in the classroom. It helps them to understand that these concepts can be applied to real world situations,” said Mr. Reyes, Delhi Middle School teacher.
When asked how she felt about the field trip, student Carmen Gonzales shared, “My mom just taught me how to grocery shop this Wednesday!” She said her mom was going to put her in charge of shopping for the family.
“They are so cheap because they are half air, half chips!” said Skyla Hamblin as she compared the generic brand of tortilla chips to the name brand while shopping. Another student was overheard saying, “No wonder why my mom gets the generic chips, they are so much cheaper.”
Carrying calculators and comparing size and price the middle-schoolers learned the importance of a good shopping value. They admitted they were collecting items that fit the exercise rather than items they’d buy if price weren’t an issue.
“It was fun and I learned that you don’t always have to spend a lot of money to get what you need,” Nick Felty said.
“I learned how to spend my money more wisely,” Max Bartholomew said.
Kayla Brooks, Jaela Boone, Alexis Hutchinson won the prize for coming the closest to the $50 limit. Skyla Hamblin, Faith Mealor and Matt Burke won a prize for spending the least amount of money during their shopping trip.
“I thought the field trip was fun. I learned how to look for sales and to find the better deal,” Hannah Smith said.