Kick off the new school year with lessons from our Back to School 2022 collection to help students express themselves, build relationships, and stay organized.

1. Introduction to Create a Family Meal Plan in Google Sheets

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Preparing and cooking a meal together can be a fun way to spend time with your family.

You might share a story about your school day or talk about upcoming activities as you chop vegetables, dress a salad, or stir soup on the stove.

But planning a meal can be challenging if no one knows what to make or who will make it, or if you lack the proper ingredients.

One way to reduce stress at mealtime is to create a meal plan.

Planning ahead saves your family time and money.

Instead of having to brainstorm each meal every day, you already know what to make for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

By creating a meal plan, you assign meals and meal preparers for a set period of time, such as a week.

A meal plan eliminates extra trips to the grocery store to buy missing items after you begin to make a meal.

Eating meals at home is also less expensive than eating at a restaurant or ordering take-out.

You could create a family meal plan on your kitchen chalkboard or on a piece of paper.

But it’s easier and faster to use a spreadsheet.

Digital spreadsheets help you manage and update information on your computer or device.

Having a spreadsheet on your device allows you to work on your plan when you’re away from home -- like the grocery store.

To work on this lesson, sign in to your Google account.

Open a new tab in your browser, and navigate to If you are not signed in, do so now.

If you do not have a Google account, pause the video and create one.

This lesson uses Google Sheets, but you could apply these skills and concepts in any spreadsheet application or even with pen and paper.

To begin, open Google Drive.

Create a new spreadsheet and give it a title.

Then, move on to the next video to begin creating your schedule.


  1. Open your Google Drive.
  2. Create a new spreadsheet.
  3. Give it a title.