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Dinner Parties for Five
Class E2 students know how to “stretch a dollar,” an idiom that means getting as much as you can for a little bit of money.
First, each group of students had to use an Associated Supermarket flyer to shop for food items for its imaginary dinner party for five people. Associated is an American supermarket and labels are printed in English.
Second, each group had to plan a menu using the items they bought at the supermarket.
Each group had a budget of $50, and they had to remember that one of their guests did not eat cucumbers, meat or peanuts.
Students used realia to connect the lesson to real life. They had a chance to: (1) work in teams, (2) use their English-language skills to read and understand the flyer, (3) use their creativity to plan a menu and (4) use basic math skills.
Each group used a colored marker to write its shopping list and menu on a large sheet of poster paper. They hung them around the room for the class to examine. Then, among much laughter, each group discussed its food and menu choices and experience, as students in other groups and I asked questions. This activity was a lot of fun.