If you study family finances and healthy foods with your class, have you ever considered taking a field trip to a local grocery store and bank? Both need to be prearranged with the bank and grocery store.
The bank is usually happy to plan an hour or two with your students. My bank breaks the kids up into groups and different department personnel discuss that aspect of the bank’s service. Very interesting!
For the grocery store visit, you usually only need to tell the manager that you will be coming and that the kids won’t be touching anything. They will only be looking for prices and locations. An hour is probably a sufficient amount of time. Students are finding the location and prices for food items for three meals a day for three days for a family of four. They first estimate what they think the meals will cost, and then they find out. Shocking! Charts are provided to record the estimate, cost, and aisle location of each item.
Included in packet:
1. A task card
2. Charts for recording predicted costs and actual costs for menus for three meals a day for 3 days.
4. A recording sheet for what students learned at the bank.
5. Different grocery and bank logos that can replace the ones I have included.
Have fun and learn a lot!