Shopping for Thanksgiving - Math Activities For Elementary Classrooms

Save your Thanksgiving food ads for math activities in your elementary classroom. Your students can survey friends, read and calculate nutritional values from canned goods, and solve math problems from grocery store ads.

Some of you may have read my post about involving your child in shopping for groceries. With Thanksgiving coming up, I thought Thanksgiving would be a perfect theme for using newspaper ads to shop for groceries, compare prices and calculate savings. So, save your ads!


1. Use the Thanksgiving Ads to Purchase Food.

Give your students a budget so they can choose foods within their budget. Try using a spreadsheet. If students go over the budget, they can modify their choices. If you don't want to use a spreadsheet, just create a table with the headings. Students will have to Click on the images below to get your spreadsheet templates.

Save your Thanksgiving food ads for math activities in your elementary classroom. Your students can survey friends, read and calculate nutritional values from canned goods, and solve math problems from grocery store ads.


Save your Thanksgiving food ads for math activities in your elementary classroom. Your students can survey friends, read and calculate nutritional values from canned goods, and solve math problems from grocery store ads.

2. Bring Canned Goods to the Classroom 

Students can read the nutritional labels and compare prices of different brands. You are developing some smart shoppers! Your students may get a little more excited about shopping with their parents.

Save your Thanksgiving food ads for math activities in your elementary classroom. Your students can survey friends, read and calculate nutritional values from canned goods, and solve math problems from grocery store ads.


3. Calculate the Number of Calories in a Meal 

Use the nutrition facts on the labels to calculate calories. What is the fat content? How much protein is in one serving of turkey? My product below contains nutritional facts about different popular Thanksgiving food and questions to go along with them.  Encourage your students to begin reading nutrition facts of foods they eat. I'm sure they will be surprised when they see how much sugar and fat is in the food they eat.

Save your Thanksgiving food ads for math activities in your elementary classroom. Your students can survey friends, read and calculate nutritional values from canned goods, and solve math problems from grocery store ads.

4. Graph favorite Thanksgiving foods. 

Students love finding out what their friends love to eat.

Save your Thanksgiving food ads for math activities in your elementary classroom. Your students can survey friends, read and calculate nutritional values from canned goods, and solve math problems from grocery store ads.

To combine all of these activities and learn about the First Thanksgiving, try this project based unit.

Save your Thanksgiving food ads for math activities in your elementary classroom. Your students can survey friends, read and calculate nutritional values from canned goods, and solve math problems from grocery store ads.

I hope you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving. I give thanks for all the wonderful blessings in my life.

Save your Thanksgiving food ads for math activities in your elementary classroom. Your students can survey friends, read and calculate nutritional values from canned goods, and solve math problems from grocery store ads.

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