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March 24, 2015

Turn Snack Time Into Teaching Time

By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    "I'm hungry!"

    I hear this every day in my classroom. Growing kids eat a lot and there are students who come to school in need of fuel for their minds and bodies. Quite frankly, I get hungry, too! That's why I always find time for a snack break.

    To make snack time a little more meaningful, I like to use it as an opportunity to teach a concept or extend a lesson. Bear in mind that we look for the healthiest choices for mealtime. The snacks listed here were chosen for their application to the lessons being taught. As a source of a small treat and a big learning opportunity, they are great.

    Here are some easy and fun ways we use snacks to keep us thinking and fill up our bellies at the same time.

     

    Subject:

    Colors

    Snack Ideas:

    • Jelly beans

    • Grapes

    • Skittles

    • Froot Loops

     

    Subject:

    Counting

    Snack Ideas:

    • Animal crackers

    • Cheerios

    • Ritz Bits

     

    Subject:

    Sorting

    Snack Ideas:

    • Fruit snacks

    • Chex Mix

    • Trail mix

     

    Subject:

    Big/bigger/biggest

    Snack Ideas:

    • Mini, regular, and mega M&M's

    • Mini, large, and jumbo marshmallows

    • Cheez-It crackers, Wheat Thins, and Triscuits

     

    Subject: 

    Hard and soft

    Snack Ideas:

    • Teddy Grahams

    • Gummy bears

     

    Subject:

    Dark and light

    Snack Ideas:

    • Chocolate chips

    • White chocolate chips

     

    Subject:

    Sense of taste

    Snack Ideas:

    • Hershey's chocolate (sweet)

    • Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate (bitter)

    • Pretzels (salty)

    • Sour Patch Kids (sour)

    • Slim Jims (savory)

     

    Subject:

    Shapes

    Snack Ideas:

    • Wafer cookies (rectangle)

    • Cheez-It crackers (square)

    • Caramels (cube)

    • Ritz Crackers (circle)

    • Cheese puffs (sphere)

    • Marshmallows (cylinder)

    • Doritos (triangle)

    • Bugles (cone)

     

    "I'm hungry!"

    I hear this every day in my classroom. Growing kids eat a lot and there are students who come to school in need of fuel for their minds and bodies. Quite frankly, I get hungry, too! That's why I always find time for a snack break.

    To make snack time a little more meaningful, I like to use it as an opportunity to teach a concept or extend a lesson. Bear in mind that we look for the healthiest choices for mealtime. The snacks listed here were chosen for their application to the lessons being taught. As a source of a small treat and a big learning opportunity, they are great.

    Here are some easy and fun ways we use snacks to keep us thinking and fill up our bellies at the same time.

     

    Subject:

    Colors

    Snack Ideas:

    • Jelly beans

    • Grapes

    • Skittles

    • Froot Loops

     

    Subject:

    Counting

    Snack Ideas:

    • Animal crackers

    • Cheerios

    • Ritz Bits

     

    Subject:

    Sorting

    Snack Ideas:

    • Fruit snacks

    • Chex Mix

    • Trail mix

     

    Subject:

    Big/bigger/biggest

    Snack Ideas:

    • Mini, regular, and mega M&M's

    • Mini, large, and jumbo marshmallows

    • Cheez-It crackers, Wheat Thins, and Triscuits

     

    Subject: 

    Hard and soft

    Snack Ideas:

    • Teddy Grahams

    • Gummy bears

     

    Subject:

    Dark and light

    Snack Ideas:

    • Chocolate chips

    • White chocolate chips

     

    Subject:

    Sense of taste

    Snack Ideas:

    • Hershey's chocolate (sweet)

    • Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate (bitter)

    • Pretzels (salty)

    • Sour Patch Kids (sour)

    • Slim Jims (savory)

     

    Subject:

    Shapes

    Snack Ideas:

    • Wafer cookies (rectangle)

    • Cheez-It crackers (square)

    • Caramels (cube)

    • Ritz Crackers (circle)

    • Cheese puffs (sphere)

    • Marshmallows (cylinder)

    • Doritos (triangle)

    • Bugles (cone)

     

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