Teaches Real-Life Shopping Skills
Reading Level: Nonreaders
Interest Level: 2-12
The Grocery Store Game is a 'real-life' shopping and math
skills program that uses a unique game board designed to resemble actual
grocery store aisles. The engaging game was developed by PCI's Janie
Haugen-McLane to give students 'hands-on' experience in using shopping
lists and getting the "best buy" on various food items. Realistic food
illustrations on both the game board and shopping lists make the program
easy for individuals with limited or no reading skills.
To play the game, each participant is given a shopping list of eight
food items that must be 'gathered.' The lists have illustrations of the
items for students with limited or no reading skills. All participants
can use the same lists, or they can each be given different ones. A
sample shopping list might include carrots, chicken, angel food cake,
asparagus, biscuits, mayonnaise, soft drinks, and orange juice.
Players roll the die to move their playing pieces in either direction
on the game board. This simulates walking up and down grocery store
aisles and teaches them to locate all of the food items on an aisle
before moving on.
When a food on their shopping list is landed on, players roll the die
again to determine the price. If a 1 is rolled, they get the Everyday
Low Price. If a 2 is rolled, they get the Sale Price. If a 3 is rolled,
they get the Coupon Price. Players then write the appropriate price on
their shopping list. The "Move to Any Square" space, gives players a
chance to return to a previous aisle for a missed item or move ahead.
When players land on a food that is not on their list, play passes to
the next player.
Once all items are collected, players go to the checkout counter,
total their shopping lists, and write a personal check to pay for the
groceries. Using PCI's Money Calc (available separately) at the checkout
enhances the playing experience.
The 24-page Teacher's Guide contains detailed instructions for game
setup and play. It also features 16 different shopping list blackline
masters and a personal check blackline master. Suggestions are given for
enhanced play and numerous teaching tips are offered.
Since players can use any of the 16 shopping lists and there are
three price possibilities for every item, participants enjoy a different
game experience every time they play. This corresponds with the
"real-life" situation where people spend varying amounts of money every
time they grocery shop.
The game board is divided into the same sections as a real grocery store:
Money Math Grocery Store Game includes: Game board with 36
full-color illustrations, Price stand, 16 shopping lists, 6 playing
pieces, 6 game pencils, and 1 Die (with numbers 1, 2, and 3 repeated
CHOKING HAZARD: Small Parts. Not for children under 3 years.