Aliens for Lunch Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, retell the story from another point of view, and define unfamiliar words while reading ''Aliens for Lunch'' by Stephanie Spinner and Jonathan Etra.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson on Aliens for Lunch by Stephanie Spinner and Jonathan Etra, students will be able to:

  • Answer questions about the text.
  • Retell the story from the point of view of a different character.
  • Define unfamiliar words from the story.

Time Length

90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.

Lesson Instructions and Activities


Students will be able to describe and use the following terms:

  • alien
  • allowance
  • atmosphere
  • cargo
  • cell
  • cosmos
  • course
  • emerged
  • freeze-dried
  • gadgets
  • harmony
  • hijacked
  • hologram
  • invasion
  • manual
  • mission
  • solemnly
  • unconscious
  • unidentified
  • vanishing


  • Copies of Aliens for Lunch by Stephanie Spinner and Jonathan Etra
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Craft sticks
  • Tape

Reading and Discussion

  • Preview vocabulary with students.
  • Read Aliens for Lunch by Stephanie Spinner and Jonathan Etra with students. Pause at appropriate times to discuss the following:
    • How does Aric travel from Ganoob?
    • Describe Aric's problem.
    • What do Aric, Richard, and Henry take with them to Ganoob? Why?
    • Why is it important to get the cargo to Threll?
    • Describe Grax.
    • Describe King Boobrik.
    • Where do the guards take Richard and Henry? Why?
    • What do Henry and Richard use to defeat the guards in the prison dining hall?
    • What has happened to Aric?
    • What does the wamu want? Why is that a problem?
    • Why is Aric cautious about making them invisible?
    • What do Graxians eat?
    • Why is Aric unhappy after escaping from the Graxians?
    • What does Richard learn from his time in Grax?
    • What are some things that Richard and Henry do in Threll?
    • Why does Henry take off his T-shirt at school?
    • How was Richard and Henry's vacation different from their classmates' vacations?
    • Turn and talk: What do you think happened next?

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