Thursday, October 26, 2017

Learning About Lunches :: Global Project

Mrs. Yollis' students love connecting with other classrooms. Recently, we learned about a lunch project from Wellington, New Zealand. We learned about it from Twitter. 

Students were asked about their lunches! Here is the slideshow from Ms. Stevenson and her students from New Zealand. 

In an effort to be more green, we followed the lead of our new New Zealand Buddies and took a close look at the packaging in our lunches. Some lunches are packed in reusable containers, some leave rubbish behind, and some items can be composted. 
Photo by Mrs. Yollis

This lunch was a great example for us all. Only one piece of trash!

Photo by Mrs. Yollis  

Some lunches had variety but produced a lot of trash. Wrappers, plastic packaging, and ziplock bags are all rubbish. Students are going to look for ways to reduce the waste. Perhaps more reusable containers? 

Here is the data about our lunch packaging. What do you notice about the data?

Today was pizza day at school! Everyone loves this special day and there is a long line, but big smiles. 

Healthy salads are a part of pizza day, too! 

Students grab the fresh fruit or vegetable options. Many students pay cash or type in their pin number to a prepaid account.  

Our school has started a composting project. Here Mr. Jim showed us around Compostville!

How would you evaluate your lunch? Do you produce a lot of trash?

What are some ways you have reduced your waste? 

Please add your lunch information to the slideshow!

What did you learn about composting during your visit to Compostville?


  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Hello! What's Up! And hi students of Mrs. Yollis! You guys are probably reading this! You guys have the best 3rd grade teacher in the WORLD! No joke!

    If you don't know me, I'm Elie, one of Mrs. Yollis's students from last year. [Just saying, with my experience from last year as a third grader, you are going to have so much fun this year!]

    Any way, I think you guys are doing an amazing deed. Our planet is filled with food trash thanks to Chewey bars and Welches fruit gummys, and you guys are making a big difference trying not to have rubbish-covered food. Personally, I think that all of you, including Mrs. Yollis, should be presidents of the Chaparral Green Team. You guys are awesome! Keep it up!

    What is your guys' favorite non covered-in-rubbish food?

    Your friend,

  2. Hi Class!

    It's Mimi's mom again! I had to say something here because food is my "jam" (no pun intended!).

    I think it's really important to learn what other children are eating around the world, because we can learn from them and perhaps elevate the quality of our own lunches. Or, conversely, they can learn from us!

    In Italy, where I lived for many years as a college student and then for work, you wouldn't believe how important food is. In fact, it's the center of the Italian culture! In Italy, people don't eat in front of TVs or standing up. They don't eat in a hurry or in their cars. No! Instead, they take their time. It's considered the most important time of the day. Sharing a meal with family is the best time to talk about your day, or what happened at school. Also, the Italian cuisine is one of the most healthy cuisines in the world.

    At school, children dine at tables together. Tablecloths are always used, as is real cutlery and real China. And this makes perfect sense, because why shouldn't children be treated just like anyone else having lunch?

    In the school dining room, the first dish is usually a small portion of some kind of pasta. There are so many different pastas and so many different sauces in Italy that it's hard to grow tired of it. In fact, they eat it every day! The second plate is usually some sort of lean meat or fish, served with a side of vegetables. The meal always ends with fruit.

    Does this sound good to anyone? Well, I have news for you: In Italy, even the school food is delicious!

    What are your favorite Italian dishes? Do you ever bring them to school?

  3. Wow! Thank you so much for adding to our project. Our students enjoyed reading your post. Your lunches look really healthy. We have a compost at our school along with a worm farm.

    Some of our students are keen to start "naked lunches" so they bring no rubbish to school.



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