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Lunch Bunch Activities for Elementary School

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has taught high school history in several states with a master's degree in teaching.

The term lunch bunch refers to a small group of students and a teacher or staff member meeting weekly during lunch in the school setting. The activities in this resource were created for groups of elementary school children.

What Can 30 Minutes Do?

The idea behind lunch bunch is that students and teachers can develop a more positive school community by creating connections out of the classroom in recurring, weekly meetings. Although school lunches are usually only 20 - 30 minutes, studies have shown that this is still enough time to make a difference.

Selecting a criteria for lunch bunch groups varies by school; some include only at-risk students, others allow students to propose a lunch bunch idea to a teacher, and some are based on student interests.

The activities included in this resource take students beyond the curriculum and focus on developing positive relationships in the school setting. They are intended for small groups of about 4 - 7 students. Since school lunches are typically short, encourage students to bring lunch from home so that your group has more time to meet.

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