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In this “Supermarket Math” lesson, students complete and interpret a KWL chart and food pictograph


Language Arts, Math  


1, 2  

Title – Supermarket Math

By – Elizabeth El-Kadi

Primary Subject – Math

Secondary Subjects – Language Arts

Grade Level – 1-2

Standards Addressed:

    ELA Standard #1, MST #1


    Students will attain basic knowledge about the workings of supermarkets and the products they sell as well being introduced to the concept of graphing information for easier retrieval of numerical facts.


      Students will be able to complete a teacher-led KWL chart about supermarkets.
      Students will be able to construct a pictograph of food found in a supermarket.
    Students will be able to interpret data obtained from the graph.


    This lesson will address two aspects of the second and first grade curriculum, community helpers and introduction to graphing. Rather than being given a graph to work with, the students will benefit from constructing their own by being able to participate in every part of the process.

Materials and Resources:

      1. Book


      by Scholastic Books
      2. Book

Let’s Visit the Supermarket

      3. chart paper (for KWL)
      4. blackboard (for graph)
      5. produce pieces for each student
      6. plastic baggies
    7. enrichment worksheet for extension

Set Induction:

    Students will be asked what they already know about supermarkets to call up prior knowledge and teacher will record responses on the KWL chart. Students will also be asked what they would like to learn about supermarkets through this and the following lesson.


    Teacher will use questioning, KWL chart, manipulatives, modeling, visuals and an overall kinesthetic approach to the lesson in order to engage and sustain student interest.

Learning Activities:

      1. Teacher will read


      to the class and help them complete the first two sections of the KWL chart.
      2. After reading the book and skimming through

Let’s Visit the Supermarket

      , class will complete the last section of the chart.
      3. Teacher will introduce the new vocabulary word “pictograph”.
      4. Each student will be given a baggie with several produce pieces in it.
      5. The students will come up to the board one at a time and place their pieces in the appropriate places on the pictograph.
    6. Teacher will ask several questions about the data to check for understanding and explain the concept of graphing information for easier retrieval of information.

Accommodating special learning needs:

    A variety of methods and learning modalities will be used and addressed throughout the lesson in order to capture and retain student attention. Teacher will check for understanding often through questioning. Teacher and assistants will circulate the room to assist students individually as needed.


    Students will either write a sentence or draw a picture in their journals of one new thing they learned from the lesson.

Assessment of learning:

    Assessment will be ongoing throughout the lesson by questioning to check for understanding. The enrichment worksheet will either be given as part of closure or at a later time in the day if student attention wanes and will be used as a more concrete source of assessment information.

Learning Extension:

    Students will be encouraged to share their journal entries with their families and ask to accompany an adult the next time they go to the supermarket.


Elizabeth El-Kadi


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