How to Create a Grocery Shopping List

How to Create a Grocery Shopping List is a special education life skills activity and worksheet that teaches financial literacy to middle school and high school students. This step-by-step personal finance activity uses clear and simple language to teach students how to create a grocery shopping list for foods, personal care products, and household items while staying within their budget. This money management activity and worksheet will engage your students with age-appropriate graphics, relatable dialog, and real-world scenarios.

Number of Pages: 15   File Format: PDF (color and black-and-white)  Grade Levels: 7th – 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool


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  • How to identify needed groceries, personal care products, and household items.
  • This functional life skills activity is designed to teach students to create a grocery shopping list that includes meats, dairy, fruits, vegetables, desserts, and canned goods for a week.
  • By listing all the food in the refrigerator and pantry, your students can track what they already have and need to buy.
  • Your students will learn to differentiate between ‘Wants’ and ‘Needs,’ ensuring they only purchase essential items and stay within their budget.
  • The shopping list created at the end of the activity includes the price of each item, helping your students set a budget and shop efficiently.
  • This activity includes a PDF worksheet that allows the student to utilize all the information in the activity to create a grocery shopping list.
  • 16 Multiple-choice reading comprehension questions (answers included)
  • This activity can be part of a comprehensive financial literacy curriculum or a standalone aid.
  • This life skills activity contains step-by-step instructions, reading comprehension questions to reinforce learning and collect data, an answer key, age-appropriate graphics, real-world examples, and ideas for implementation.
Why Use

This resource is designed to help teens and adults develop independent living skills in various settings, such as home, school, work, or the community.

Intended User

This life skills resource can be used by parents, caregivers, special education teachers, therapists, clinicians, and coaches to promote independence in teens and adults.

Where to Use

This life skills resource is ideal for middle and high schools, at-home learning, life skills programs, one-on-one therapy, adult transition programs, social skills groups, adult day centers, and autism life skill centers.


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