Lessons In Making Lunch: Teaching About Kids Math, Health and Literacy

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Aug 17, 2014 4:58:45 AM

 

Teaching Students Valuable Skills While Making Lunch

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Parents and educators can utilize the time while making lunch to teacher valuable math and literacy skills. Texts from various genres can be read to introduce kids to new vocabulary and content. Students can learn mathematical concepts such as ratios, fractions and proportions. They can practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. Teachers can make classroom graphs, like the one that is featured in the text below.

Our Harvest Lunch by Suzanne Barchers Join the Garcia kids on their harvest adventure at their grandparents’ apple orchard. Picking apples, eating apple pie, and bobbing for apples are just a few of the fun things they will do there. The kids will help prepare a big lunch for everyone. They will also plan games. They will use two-digit subtraction to help them with the menu, shop for food, and set up the games. What is your favorite apple game or treat? 32pp.

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Books About Lunch For All Ages

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles about going to lunch. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at www.biguniverse.com

thumb Anansi Goes to Lunch by Bobby Norfolk (author), Baird Hoffmire (illustrator) © 2007 Anansi is invited to three parties and wants to attend them all. He gives each of his hosts a rope to tug, ties the other end around his own waist, and waits to be summoned when the food is served — but when all of the food is ready at the same time, Anansi is caught in the middle!

 

 

thumb-1.jpgLunch for Carl by Kris Bonnell (author), Kris Bonnell (illustrator) © 2009 ISBN: 9781933727950 Will Carl eat all of his lunch so he can have dessert? Monster Lunch by Pat Skene (author), Graham Ross (illustrator) ISBN: 9781551439419 AR: Book Level 3.9 / Points 1.0 / Quiz 128004 / Interest Level LG Yummy, yucky rhyming stories and facts about food. In Monster Lunch we dine with Frankenstein, attend a burgoo and a birthday party, meet a grumpy garden dude and slurp hot zoop. Each poem is followed by an interview with the main character or fascinating facts about food. This collection of yummy, yucky, messy and hot rhyming stories is bursting with rhythmical fun.

thumb-3.jpgBugs for Lunch by Margery Facklam (author), Sylvia Long (illustrator) (illustrator) © 1999 ISBN: 9780881062724 AR: Book Level 2.5 / Quiz 36617 Bon appetit! Kudos to Chef Nature for dishing up these tasty morsels. No reader with a discriminating palate will be able to put this delicious menu of appetizing delicacies down. Bugs for Lunch caters to a full array of creatures,Äìanimal, plant, and human,Äìthat munch on bugs.From a mantis perched and ready to prey on ladybugs and butterflies, to the honey-drenched fur of a big brown bear munching on a hive full of bees, Sylvia Long’s vivid illustrations show close-up details of all sorts of creatures munching on their lunch. These colorful drawings of creatures that live to eat bugs will be your key to discovering a world of insectivores in your own backyard and beyond.

Poetry Makes Kids Giggle and Wiggle

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Monster Lunchthumb-3.jpgby Pat Skene (author), Graham Ross (illustrator)
ISBN: 9781551439419 AR: / / /
Yummy, yucky rhyming stories and facts about food.In Monster Lunch we dine with Frankenstein, attend a burgoo and a birthday party, meet a grumpy garden dude and slurp hot zoop. Each poem is followed by an interview with the main character or fascinating facts about food. This collection of yummy, yucky, messy and hot rhyming stories is bursting with rhythmical fun.

 

Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

freeclipart apple The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.1 Understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities. For example, "The ratio of wings to beaks in the bird house at the zoo was 2:1, because for every 2 wings there was 1 beak." "For every vote candidate A received, candidate C received nearly three votes."

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.2 Understand the concept of a unit rate a/b associated with a ratio a:b with b ≠ 0, and use rate language in the context of a ratio relationship. For example, "This recipe has a ratio of 3 cups of flour to 4 cups of sugar, so there is 3/4 cup of flour for each cup of sugar." "We paid $75 for 15 hamburgers, which is a rate of $5 per hamburger."1

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.3 Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems, e.g., by reasoning about tables of equivalent ratios, tape diagrams, double number line diagrams, or equations.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.3.A Make tables of equivalent ratios relating quantities with whole-number measurements, find missing values in the tables, and plot the pairs of values on the coordinate plane. Use tables to compare ratios.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.3.B Solve unit rate problems including those involving unit pricing and constant speed. For example, if it took 7 hours to mow 4 lawns, then at that rate, how many lawns could be mowed in 35 hours? At what rate were lawns being mowed?

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.3.C Find a percent of a quantity as a rate per 100 (e.g., 30% of a quantity means 30/100 times the quantity); solve problems involving finding the whole, given a part and the percent.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.3.D Use ratio reasoning to convert measurement units; manipulate and transform units appropriately when multiplying or dividing quantities.

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