Table Setting Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students will learn how to properly set a table, as well as why this is important. Your students will conduct instruction-following and group activities to practice and internalize this social skill.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proper table-setting etiquette
  • Demonstrate instruction-following skills
  • Understand and explain the reasons for table etiquette


30-45 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.


Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.


Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g.,wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).


  • Plastic forks, knives, and spoons
  • Additional plastic spoons with the letter S on them
  • Additional plastic forks with the letter S on them
  • Paper or plastic dinner plates
  • Paper or plastic salad/side dish plates
  • Disposable cups
  • Napkins
  • Food (optional)

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