Grocery Shopping Lesson Plan

Instructor: Carrin Hahn

Carrin taught 3rd grade for ten years, worked as a learning specialist with K-5 students, and has a Master's degree in Elementary Education.

Although students may already be familiar with the grocery shopping experience from shopping with their parents, this lesson offers a way for students to understand the store's layout and what is involved with those trips to the store.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this lesson, the students will be able to

  • describe the layout of a grocery store
  • explain how to organize a shopping list


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.

Vocabulary and Phrases

  • Aisle
  • End cap
  • Organize
  • Coupons
  • Grocery cart/shopping cart
  • Expiration date


  • Paper copies of a store directory of a local grocery store
  • Document camera (overhead projector)
  • Pencils
  • Paper copies of the scavenger hunt you create

Lesson Preparation

  • To get ready for this lesson, you will need the store directory. If the aisles are not numbered on the directory, number them before you make copies.
  • Create a short scavenger hunt for the students to do with their own copies of the directory by making a list of items for the students to 'find'.
  • Below is an example of a list of items for which students can search.
    • Apples
    • Bread
    • Ice cream
    • Black olives
    • Beans and rice
    • Yogurt
    • Potato chips
    • Frozen broccoli
    • Milk
    • Salad greens
    • Skittles
    • Honey Nut Cheerios

Lesson Instructions

  • Have a conversation about the students' experiences with grocery stores.
    • Is there someone who has never been to a grocery store?
    • Who goes to the store most often, mom or dad?
    • What do the students do at the store? Do they ride in the shopping cart or help pick out the groceries?
  • Explain how some people make shopping lists before they go to the store so that they will only get what they need.
    • Find out whose parents shop like that.
    • Whose parents shop without a list?
    • What happens when mom or dad wants to make a new dish for dinner? (Does she or he use a list then?)
  • Explain coupons.
    • Does any student's parents use them?
    • What is an expiration date?
    • Why would someone use a coupon?
  • Use the document camera to show the class the store directory.
    • Go over the parts of the store.
    • Talk about how the store is organized: fresh foods are along the outside edges of the store; processed foods are in the aisles of the stores.
    • Find and describe the end caps in the store. What goes on them? Why are they there?
    • What other services are offered in that store? Bakery? Floral department? Seafood department?

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