Teach Through Games: Shopping List

Teach Through Games: Shopping List

Age Level: Preschool, Early elementary, and upper elementary
Description: A memory game designed for 3-7 year olds, the goal of this game is to be the first to fill your grocery cart with the items from your grocery list. I use this game with older students as well, as it is easy to modify for a variety of skills.
Modifications: This game is a basic memory game, but I make adjustments frequently to teach students about shopping, categorizing grocery items, and spending money. For example, I frequently assign dollar amounts to each item and have the students pay for each item (using pretend or real money) before placing it in their cart. I can make minor modifications to that level of play based on the student’s current skill level with money such as: calculating change owed, adding the dollar amounts of multiple items, or estimating the total cost of your shopping list for that day. I also may use the pictures to help students practice what items might be close together in the grocery store. Finally, I will have older, higher functioning students look at their grocery list and prioritize their expenditures. This game is also great for teaching kids to give directions or explanations of how to play the game. The steps are clear and there are natural visual prompts to guide them through the steps.
Skills: Money, Addition, Subtraction, Class, Describing Actions
Pros: The game is very easy to use and typically motivating for elementary-aged students. It is incredibly easy to modify based on your student’s skill level. The company who makes the game (Orchard Toys) also has expansion kits so you can increase the number of items available and the number of shopping lists. (The game comes with four shopping lists and a total of 32 items available for purchase.)
Cons: The pictures aren’t always clear, which can be a challenge for some of my students who already display difficulty labeling items. Other than that, there aren’t any major cons to this game. I think it’s a great, flexible game for teaching a variety of skills related to real-world math.
Cost: $14.00, but frequently much cheaper on Amazon.com. Should I buy this? Not necessarily. The price is good and the materials are high quality (wipe-down surfaces and sturdy cards/shopping lists.) This may be a game you want to make on your own, but it should be noted that if it’s a game you think you’ll use a lot, it’s definitely worth the price.
ABLLS: G17, G27, R9, R10
VB-MAPP: Mand 14, VP-MTS 14, Linguistic Structure 14

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