Grade 4 students at Sts. Peter and Paul put their math skills to the test on a recent trip to Walmart.
Working in groups of three, students planned a birthday party using a budget of $100. To prepare for the trip, they made lists with items they felt were necessary for hosting – like food, cups, plates, utensils and decorations. With each item, students estimated the price, making sure the total stayed within their given budget.
At Walmart, students then set off to find each item and record the actual cost. This unique learning opportunity not only sharpened their adding and subtracting skills, but also taught students valuable shopping techniques like using mental math and looking for sale items.
Upon completion, students were asked to reflect on the assignment through specific questions like, "How did you use math?" and "What were some new things you learned?"
One student was surprised to learn how quickly $100 can add up, noting that "groceries can be very expensive."
The trip was arranged through teacher Evelin Niemiec, and was extremely well received by her class. Students are looking forward to more trips in the future.