Many times, I try to think why my students need to learn different language chunks and how it would apply to their life. In my life, I always have to meal plan and make a grocery list. It would be a great warm-up activity to have students meal plan for their families and create a grocery list for the meals. However, it is easy to extend this activity further. Students find out how much each item is worth and how much their total grocery bill would be. After this, you can impose on them a spending limit. Students would each be assigned a country and spend the budget that a family in that country normally spends. I always love tying in this article on what families eat around the world.