Learning Tasks

Meal Planning

Meal planning with grocery store flyers.

Learning Goals

  • Identifying items in grocery store flyers
  • Using mathematical operations to add and subtract
  • Using a calculator
  • Comparing prices of selected items

Curriculum Connection

Solve problems involving the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of single and multi-digit whole numbers.

Mathematics –
Number Sense and Numeration


  • Grocery store flyers
  • Calculator
  • Paper
  • Pencil


  • Provide the learner with a set budget for a meal.
  • Have the learner make a meal plan.
  • Develop a grocery list based on prices from flyers.
  • Use a calculator to add potential food purchases.
  • Adult may need to model the expectation.

Learners can circle specific numbers or items in the flyers
Learners can match price amounts or concrete objects to the pictures in the flyers

Verbal Prompts

Let’s plan a meal.
First, We have $_____ to plan our meal.
Next, let’s choose a meal to prepare. Look at the flyer for some ideas.
Then, make a list of things needed to buy from the grocery store.
Next, look through flyers for prices to make sure we have enough money and that we are in budget. The calculator will help as we add up the amounts of products to make sure we are in budget
Finally, let’s check our list so we are ready for shopping.

Now you know how to budget a meal.
We will go shopping to purchase the items for our meal.