Tuesday, October 13, 2009

School Lunch Week

School Lunch Week, October 12-16 (the second full week of October), is observed to celebrate good nutrition and healthy, safe school lunches. For more information, visit www.schoolnutrition.org
-The Teacher's Calendar, 2008-2009

Kelley, True.
School Lunch.
Holiday House.
Guided Reading Level: N

Summary from Inside Jacket Cover:

What will the kids of Lincoln School do without their health-conscious lunch lady, Harriet? When she goes on a much-needed vacation, the principal hires cook after cook, each one more outrageous than the last, but none who can replace their beloved Harriet. The kids - and their principal - send postcards, letters, drawings, e-mail, and telegrams detailing the chefs' outlandish meals in hopes of convincing Harriet to return. But will this lunch lady leave her tropical paradise to save the day?

This funny story is sure to have kids laughing - and hopefully appreciating their lunchroom staff! It's a perfect read-aloud to celebrate School Lunch Week!

Lesson Plans/Learning Activities:
  • Many activities related to School Lunch Week can be found on the website mentioned above!
  • Involve them in planning an "All Star Lunch," using the worksheet that can be downloaded here. Your child(ren) will be creating a menu that consists of a healthy: main course, vegetable, fruit, dessert and beverage. They are also asked to come up with some form of exercise, as part of a healthy lifestyle also includes daily exercise. You may need to work with them on this, but if they do well and really plan an "All Star Lunch," show them that hard work pays off and actually make their lunch for them and do their exercise of choice alongside them!
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