ESL Grocery Store Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach your English as a Second Language (ESL) students vocabulary related to the grocery store with this lesson plan. Several activities, games, and lessons are provided to teach your students these important words.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify and use words related to the grocery store


30 minutes for each activity


  • Images of the key vocabulary words (listed below)
  • Small sticky notes
  • Image of a grocery store
  • Empty food containers, gathered by you and your students
  • Images of other food items (such as perishable foods)
  • Advertisements from grocery stores

Key Vocabulary

  • Groceries
  • Aisle
  • Cashier
  • Shopping cart/cart
  • Basket
  • Coupons
  • Bakery
  • Deli
  • Dairy
  • Produce
  • Check out
  • Paper/plastic
  • Express lane
  • Payment
  • Additional vocabulary words for each section of the store, as desired

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.3

Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

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