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Special Education Grocery Store Activities for Functional Life Skills (autism)

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Designed to teach students the value and use of money as well as using shopping tools in a real-life scenario of grocery shopping. Skills include differentiated materials from money counting and next dollar up skills to calculating discounts, coupon use, check writing and more real-world skills.

For effective independence in the community, students need to know how to determine if they have enough money to make purchases at stores. The primary shopping site for adults is the grocery store. This requires that they understand how to find the prices in the store, how to navigate sales flyers and potentially to use coupons effectively.

This set of activities integrates a variety of functional literacy and math skills including identifying relevant information in sales flyers and coupons (e.g., expiration dates, limits of sales), applying sale discounts and coupon promotions, knowing the brand to buy that matches the sale, and multiplying prices by number of items purchased and adding prices for a total.

It also includes activities for writing checks and determining if there is enough money to make the purchases on the list. These materials can be used with flyers from your local stores as well using the included blank shopping lists, blank checks and registers, a coupon file folder activity and the coupon task cards 1-6 that can apply to any coupon.

Students can also use the shopping list format to make a list for community-based trips and plan purchases before visiting the store. While not all students will be able to make change, many students can still make purchases at the grocery store by using the next dollar strategy. Next dollar strategies can be practiced on the worksheets in which the students identify what bill combinations they need to make the purchases listed.

Included in this package are:

  • A grocery store with dairy, bakery, meat counter, dry goods, and frozen food areas with prices
  • 5 worksheets with pictures for finding prices of single items in the store
  • 84 task cards for multiplying prices of multiple items from the grocery store (e.g., 3 pears)
  • A 3-page sale flyer for Pete’s Grocery Store
  • 3 worksheets focusing on functional reading skills in flyers (with and without word banks)
  • 30 coupons including discounts and buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) offers
  • 128 task cards for calculating and answering questions about using the coupons
  • A file folder activity that coupons can be used with to change out and answer general questions about the coupon chosen
  • 10 worksheets with 2 or 3 items to find in the price in the store, the sale price and any relevant coupons and then add the total. Using the total, students will write a check and subtract the amount from a checking account balance.
  • 10 worksheets using the same items of the worksheets above, students will circle the bill combinations they can use to make the purchase and make change from a total given to the clerk.
  • 15 print-and-go worksheets that include 6-10 item shopping lists. Students can find the prices in the store, add any applicable sale flyer prices and coupons and find the total.
  • 1 blank shopping list that you can fill in for the students to determine prices from the store, flyers and coupons. Students can also use this on their own to plan shopping trips.
  • Blank sheet with checks and registers for use with the shopping lists.
  • A visual set of directions for completing the shopping list worksheets.
  • Answer keys for worksheets

For other resources appropriate for students working on a life skills or functional curriculum, check out the following:

Money Tasks Galore Bundle: Task Cards and Worksheets

Money Essentials Bundle for Special Education

Shopping at Pete's Grocery Store activities are copyrighted by Christine Reeve for single classroom use only. Please send others interested back to this site to download their own copy. Thank you for downloading and leaving feedback! If you have questions, please contact me at drchrisreeve@gmail.com.

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