Friday, June 7, 2013

Last Week Of 1st Grade Lunches June 3rd - 5th

Boogs' lunches are inspired by the books we read at bedtime the previous evening. Each night, Boogs reads one book to me and I read a book or a chapter of a book to him. I usually post his lunches once a week. Click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post to see lunches from previous weeks.

I am soooooo happy that we have made is to the end of the school year. I am looking forward to having Boogs home and not working for the next 9 weeks! Boogs will still eat lunch every day (of course) but I will not be making story themed lunches every day, I will try to have at least one a week.

Henry and Mudge and the Sneaky Crackers by Cynthia Rylant

Boogs has started reading books for several different summer reading programs. He enjoyed reading this Henry and Mudge books because mysteries and secret codes are fascinating to Boogs. In the story, Henry gets a spy kit then sets out to discover interesting things around the neighborhood. He finds a note written in secret code. He and Mudge break the code and leave a return message. Eventually, they meet the code writer, another neighborhood boy who bought the same spy kit. In the ELB lunchbox: secret code cheese letters (I told Boogs it said 'have a great day'), almond butter & jelly Mudge with a mustache and magnifying glass, Babybel Henry with glasses disguise, blueberries, and salad.

Hamster Chase based on the character by Ezra Jack Keats, written by Anastasia Suen and Allan Eitzen

Boogs has been a pet owner for two months. He plays with his hamster everyday and is very interested in reading facts and stories about hamsters. He chose to read this book for his summer reading program. I love listening to Boogs read. He was reading this book to me in the car while we were driving to his swimming lessons. He got stuck on something and paused for quite a while. I asked if he wanted to spell the word to me so I could help him out. He replied, "Just a minute, I am developing my thoughts before I read the next part." He makes me smile. In the story, Amy sneezes and scares the classroom hamster out of Peter's hand. Peter and his friends come up with a plan to lure the hamster back into his cage. In the ELB lunchbox: cheese ACHOO, boiled egg hamster, sneezing Amy zucchini muffin, carrots with hummus, kiwi, strawberries, and yogurt.

Animals of Australia by Creative Edge

This is another book that Boogs has chosen to read for his summer reading program. It is a collection of facts about several different Australian animals. In the ELB lunchbox: pb&j kangaroo sandwich, ham & cheese crocodile, cheese stick poisonous snake, mango, and broccoli.

On Thursday, Boogs had his student-led conference. Since I had to miss work to attend, I went ahead and took off for the day and ate lunch with Boogs at school. He asked if I would bring a Happy Meal for his lunch. Once a year won't kill him.

Mrs. McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom! by Kelly DiPucchio 
This was the perfect book to read the night before the last day of school. It is an adorable book. Mrs. McBloom has been teaching for 50 years and will retire at the end of the school year. She has not cleaned up her classroom for the past 45 years. There were giant sunflowers, green bean vines up to the ceiling, all of the science animals roaming around, and even an apple tree growing in the middle of the room.When people asked her to clean it up she always replied that it was on her to do list. The teacher that was to get Mrs. McBloom's classroom wanted to start her teaching career in a clean classroom. For homework, Mrs. McBloom assigned her students the task of figuring out a way to quickly clean everything up. Boogs thought Mrs. McBloom should hire a large crane to haul everything out of the classroom and take it to the junkyard. In the end, every citizen of the town pitched in to help clean the classroom and organize all of the stuff into a gigantic yard sale. It was a success. Boogs spent at least half an hour flipping pages back and forth to see all of the details in the drawings. He loved this book! In the ELB lunchbox: pb&j squirrel sandwich, cheese frog, fruit leather "clean up" note with extra letters in the yellow muffin cup, carrots, rice & beans for the dirt spilled on the floor, grapes, and blueberries.

Be sure to check out the wonderful sites I link to on my sidebar! If you want to see more book inspired lunches, click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post or go to My Story Themed Lunches board on Pinterest. I would love for you to leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.


  1. It looks like he is really into animal books! What wonderful lunches.

    1. Since April, we have added several pets to our household. We now have a hamster, 6 fish, a gecko lizard, and a terrarium of crickets (ewww) for lizard food.

  2. Wow! You have almost enough for a zoo!

  3. Great lunches and books once again!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!