Numeracy in everyday life

Activities for learners and insights for educators

Building Strength with Numeracy is a wonderful resource that you can use to help learners gain numeracy knowledge, strategies and skills. (It's so great, we also featured it on the Level 1 math page.) All skills are related to everyday uses of math in learners' lives. The resources are for educators and include activities that can be used with learners. Extensive information is provide for educators, making this an ideal resource for those who might be hesitant about their own math capabilities. Confident educators will also learn some new ways of approaching numeracy. Some references and activities are Australia specific and require adaptation. 

The video features the author, Beth Marr, who "takes you through some strategic thinking" and provides some tips for using the concepts and activities. 

Copyrighted. Available as PDFs or online


2. Getting Started (online) 


3. Exploring Numbers (online)


4. In the Head Calculations (online) 


5. Fractions (online)


6. Percentages (online) 


7. Decimals - Sample only

Option to purchase for $25.00 AUD


8. Measurement - Sample only

Option to purchase for $25.00 AUD

Everyday Math Skills series from the Northwest Territories Literacy Council

This very useable and engaging series of workbooks integrates math and arithmetic skills into everyday applications. The following skills are embedded into engaging and authentic activities: addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, order of operations, rounding off, estimation, reading charts, fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, metric measurement and problem solving.

No copyright. Permission granted to use without restrictions.


Topics include measurement, environmental math (water use and garbage) and paying bills. 


Topics include shopping, measurement and nutrition.


Topics include personal finances, saving money and consumer math.

Financial knowledge and tools for people living on low incomes from Prosper Canada

Prosper Canada is a one-stop shop for financial information, tools and learning resources that you can use with adult literacy students living on low incomes. Many other financial literacy tools and resources either don't consider the knowledge and strategies of people on low incomes or provide advice based the circumstances of people with higher incomes. Both approaches can be financially and personally harmful. Read their overview describing knowledge on the financial literacy needs of people living on low incomes and how best to meet them.

Take a self-directed course to help financially empower your learners

"Our Financial Empowerment Foundations online course will help you, as frontline practitioners, program managers, advocates, and anyone interested in learning more about supporting people living on a low income, understand the role that financial empowerment plays in expanding economic opportunity for people living in poverty. Upon completion of this course, you will have the foundational knowledge necessary for additional training on financial empowerment topics. 

This course will begin as soon as you register and will be available to you for up to six (6) weeks. It requires a total of approximately 2-3 hours to complete and is delivered through self-directed online learning modules."

Help learners access the benefits they are entitled to

The Benefits Wayfinder from Prosper Canada is an online questionnaire that will help adult learners learn about and access all the benefits they are entitled to.

An accompanying set of resources for support agencies is also available. Here you will find the following:

Information about participating in a course to help people access benefits

PDF handout of available benefits

PDF fillable plan to access benefits

Introduce learners to the Canadian banking system

This online and interactive resource is for learners who are using the Canadian banking system for the first time, whether they are newcomers or young adults gaining independence. Five modules are included:

The course can be shared and embedded on a website by request.

Use Prosper Canada's collection of tools to support individual circumstances and questions

Also from Proper Canada is a comprehensive collection of PDF tools (many are fillable) that will help you provide individualized information to respond to learners' particular questions and circumstances. 


Complete workshop for young adults

Financial Basics workshop is a money management workshop to help young adults make smart financial decisions. The topics covered are budgeting, saving, credit, investing, fraud prevention, and financial planning. The Financial Basics e-Learning Project was jointly developed by The Chang School at Ryerson University and the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada with the assistance of the Ontario Securities Commission.

Access PDF manuals, slides and videos online: 

Level - Likely for those in secondary and postsecondary preparation programs. You can preview the participants' workbook to gauge difficulty.


Tools for parents who can save for their children's education

Smart Saver helps families with modest and low incomes to access savings knowledge and products for postsecondary education. One of the main products is the Canada Learning Bond, which will grant up to $2,000 to those who have an RESP. Here are some useful resources:

Do you know of other OER that we can add to this page? Get in touch: