Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Grocery Shopping Life Skills Interactive Activities

This year I have three different 'speech rooms' in three different buildings! One of those is at a middle school where I work in two different moderate to severe classrooms. One is more of a self contained class and the other is for students who are more independent. Both groups need experience with daily living skills. Since I'm new to this older population I've been scouring the web for resources! I thought I'd share a few that I'm loving so far for working on Grocery Shopping! 

Shopping List Game

I had this shopping game from my preschool days. I wasn't sure if it would be too 'young' for my middle schoolers. Turned out to work for a few of them and was too young for some others. 

I jazzed it up by using this real mini-shopping cart instead of the cardboard versions. My students all need to work on the vocabulary included in the game so it was really appropriate and they bought into the activity with the mini shopping cart. 

The amazon affiliate links are below for your convenience. 

The Goodwill Community Foundation has some AWESOME simulations online.

We used the Grocery Shelves version during this unit. Make sure you check out this free resource if you haven't before! 

I've been using the News2You Shop 'n' Pay App that came out last week. 

 It addresses the skills of shopping and paying for items. You can find it for $3.99 in the app store. 

The Shopping Cart Game app can be more difficult to navigate but addresses similar skills and vocabulary. The app is $2.99. 

I also made my own materials. The packet is 47 pages. I made it for my middle school daily living skills students. I hope you'll find it flexible enough for many of your students!  The packet starts with a 3 page book describing the process of grocery shopping. 

You can find the full preview and the  download for sale on my TpT store here

Are you working on these functional vocabulary and skills with your students? What other websites or apps have you found helpful?

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