This is yet another one of my favorite websites. GCF LearnFree.org Everyday Life has the coolest interactive Life Skills activities I’ve seen on the Internet. (and they’re all FREE!) Students get listening and reading/scanning for specific information practice with beautiful art. Students will need to drag and click locations or pictures to complete the activities, but there is a tutorial to help them with this navigation. However, showing them how to do it would probably be a whole lot faster. If you show them one activity, they should catch on to all the others quickly.
The link above will give you the entire menu of activities. I’ve listed some below that I think fit particularly well with the story lines, but it might be good to just let students explore the menu and make their own choices. They are all valuable Life Skill lessons. Each activity also has a printable handout. You could use it to pre-teach some vocabulary and concepts, or use it as review after they’ve done the activity online. Students may learn some of the more difficult vocabulary through the images and their exploration of the scenes.
USALearns tie-in stories would be U14: Women’s Changing Roles, where Benjamin promises to help Marta in the household if she lets him move back in. Benjamin really messes up when it comes to keeping house and paying bills, so these would all be perfect “lessons” for him. Also in U8: Men’s Changing Roles, Karina asks Viktor to take on more responsibility in the house. Any of these links below would be a nice supplement to either of those stories.
Reading bills and scanning for specific information: Pay Bills
Finding specific information on a receipt: Check your receipt
Filling out a deposit slip at the bank: Deposit
Reading labels and prices while grocery shopping: Grocery Shelves
Following a recipe to make a cake : Measure
Following the directions for baking a cake: Bake
Learning about safety when grilling: Grill Safety
…and many more good ones on the menu. Check them out and let me know which ones you like the best and how your students liked them.