Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Looky in My Lunchbox Linky

My dear friend, Tara, at 4th Grade Frolics is having a Linky Party. I'm a big fan of Linky Parties (even though I always seem to arrive late!). This might be the Linky with the CUTEST button I have ever seen! Michelle, the 3AM Teacher, made it just for this occasion!
This Linky Party (and that sweet button) inspires you to link up.
It calls to you.
It's saying YOUR name now.

Shhhh. Listen? Yep, that's your name.
Come joooooiiiiiin us.
It says that too.

Tara is a BlogSweetie. She's kind to children and animals alike.
No, I wasn't calling the children, animals. I was letting you know that Tara likes children. AND she likes animals.
And she makes cute stuff.
And she's just... nice.

So... link up!
Besides, I want to see YOUR lunch bag.
And your lunch too.

Here's mine. It's from 31. I just got it. I am particularly fond of the pink bow. And the long handles.

                 Wanna see what's in it?

                                                                                                       Here goes...

No... that's not really my lunch. In fact, that's not even my lunch bag. My lunch bag is much cuter than that--as you will see in a minute.


Am I the only one who overestimated how many Oreos we would need when we celebrated Oreo's Hundredth Birthday? With information and motivation from a post by Jen at Runde's Room and Stephanie at Teaching in Room 6, we did an experiment with stacking Oreos. First we did some estimating and then we made Oreo "towers" to find the mean, median, mode, range and outliers. We had a lot of cookies left over after that project, so the next day we did Oreo descriptive writing... sort of a "sensory essay." The students used some pretty impressive vocabulary. They got to eat a cookie before, during and after--I guess the treat was more motivating than I had expected.

And I still have two boxes of Oreos left over.

I've brought them to every staff meeting. And to a few SSC meetings. People see me and say, "No, I don't want any Oreos." Actually, they don't really say that.
But I'm pretty sure that's what they're thinking.

Back to my lunch.

I have a really expensive and-oh-so-exclusive lunch bag.

It looks like this.


And what's inside?

This day it held my soup, bowl, and spoon.
And an apple.
That same apple has been back and forth to and from school SEVERAL times.
I know I'm not going to eat it.
I like people to think I eat a healthy lunch. One with an apple.

We have a thirty minute lunch at our school. And this year, my lunch is at LUNCH time. Amazing.
We eat from 12:00 to 12:30--just like in the basal reading stories.

Four days a week, there is an opportunity to eat with other grown-ups. Half the time on half the days (Whoa. A real-world example of multiplying fractions), I am in the office or in my room, preparing for an afternoon lesson, making copies,checking e-mails, returning phone calls, or just trying to catch my breath. The rest of the time I am with my buddies talking about how hard it is to get every thing done--especially if you don't spend your lunch trying to take care of those little things.

Wednesday is our minimum day. We eat with the kids. The majority of my students eat a cafeteria lunch. Watching sixth graders eat can do a lot to mute your appetite. Today I saw a lot of straws in grapes. And there seemed to be two groups of kids: Those who gave away the "chicken" patty and those who gave away the bun. It was more confusing than the math we did before lunch.

What about the plastic baggie in my lunch bag?

Yep, those are more Oreos.

I didn't eat the apple that day.
But the bag from the cookies was empty.

It's not too late.
Tara is waiting for you. I am too.
There's a giveaway involved too.
You wouldn't want to miss out on that, would you?

Head on over to Tara's at 4th Grade Frolics.
It's your chance to  share your lunch with some BloggyFriends!

P.S. Want an Oreo?


  1. Hilarious! You had me just a gigglin'.

    I've got the traveling apple, too.

    One day I might eat it.

    Probably not.

    Fun in Room 4B

  2. I LOVE YOU!!!! Please move closer to me!!! I can't move...because I don't fly....especially after all the who-ha that has been happening in the air these past 2 days....I didn't fly I don't fly at all!!!! Ok, ADHD moment...don't know how I got there......You crack me up!!! Love your post and your love and the voices and the animals and children....not the same thing, although, at times.......and the oreos even though I can't have any!!!! Too funny!!! HUGS and thanks for linking up:))) Chat with you soon!!!

    4th Grade Frolics

  3. Too funny! I <3 linkies too! I have two going on right now, come on over and check them out! I took lunch box pictures today...will post on this linky tomorrow! :)


  4. you are by far one of the funniest & sweetest people!!!!! You crack me up!!! I was going to take a picture of my lunch bag today which was a whole foods bag but didn't have a camera around so I'll do it tomorrow. I've had a traveling orange with me for the past 2 weeks. It goes back and forth with me in the hope to be eaten one of these days too :)
    I second Tara!!!! PLEASE move to Florida closer to us!!!

    ❤ Mor Zrihen from...
    A Teacher's Treasure
    Teaching Treasures Shop

  5. Mmmm Oreos! :-) I love how we can only sometimes eat with adults. It is a running joke to my friends and family that I spend 8 hours a day with people half my age. :-)

  6. oh man Kim, now all I am craving is OREOS!! And I don't have any this week! Can I fly over to get some? Then we can chat too :)

    You crack me up!! Sometimes my apple travels too. I've been forcing myself to eat it as of late. I make the chocolate stay home, though that would never have to travel. Right now my Cadbury mini eggs are lying in wait just about 2 feet away in the closet, calling me (they're my replacement Oreos at the moment). Hence the healthy eating at school. Your blog really does bring me joy Kim, such a fitting name!!! :) :)

  7. Oh my gosh Kim! We really were seperated at birth! I have the same exact lunch bag with the SAME, EXACT CONTENTS!! While I don't eat a lot of soup in the warmer months, that is almost exactly what I eat for lunch all winter! Right down to the glass bowl from home and the apple that travels back and forth. For some reason, the cookies so seem to get eaten every day! :-D

  8. Ha!! Love your REAL lunch bag!!! :) I tend to have healthy snacks travel back and forth with me, too. I feel terrible when it's my yogurt because I have to throw it away. Poor yogurt.
    I'm not an oreo fan but I think I'd take one off your hands. Or two or three. Just to help.
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  9. I have the same sort of amazing lunch bag...except mine is from Ralph's. And it doesn't stand up nearly as nicely as yours.

    And like the others, my apple travels just like yours ;)

    Teaching in Room 6

    (ps, thanks for the shout out!)

  10. My fruit travels back and forth sometimes too. :) Sometimes I eat it first to make sure it doesn't go to waste!!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  11. Absolutely love this post! I giggled! SO very accurate... ALL OF IT.
    You can only have so many Oreos...
    each day.

    Occasionally I have the traveling piece of something healthy that I know I should eat but just can't bring myself to. Usually it gets left in the lounge after the fourth trip for another to devour.

    Love the blog. I LOVE THAT I FINALLY FOUND BLOGS ABOUT SIXTH GRADE! As a first year teacher it was discouraging thinking that no one else loved liked teaching sixth grade... You are a bright point in my (rare) down time. Thank you!

  12. Very funny and I am on a major soup kick lately too! I like to buy the cambells soup at hand since I don't usually have a minute to sit during lunch it is perfect.
    Love your lunch box. It almost beats out my ziploc which I use many a day when I have forgotten my lunch bag at school. :(
    I want an entire bag of oreo boxes since I am dieting. They look AMAZING.

  13. You are TOO cute!! I actually don't usually stop for lunch so I'm out . . . but HOW fun for you and Tara to connect in Linky Land!!

    Sounds like you had fun with the Oreos . . . I'm actually a fan of the blonde ones . . .

    Sending smiles,


  14. I am your newest follower :) I also need a friend who teaches an older grade as I may be moved from first grade to 6-8th science next year!

    First Class Teacher

  15. You are hilarious!! That was the BEST "REAL" lunch linky story ever!! Thank you for not boring me with another tube of hummus...hehehe..JK!

    I am not one for oreos, but I do love those mustard onion pretzels...I know...sounds really funky, but after I tried them, I was hooked. And now that my son has tried them, well, I don't get to taste them anymore )-;

    So glad I read your lunch linky post at 1:16 am in the morning...def. worth the laugh!!

    The 3AM Teacher

  16. Oh my goodness - you make me laugh!!! (But you know what - I did just buy a 31 lunch bag ... to replace my walmart plastic bags). Thanks for the smile, and the shout-out.
    I hope you got my email ... my little princesses and I thank-you from the bottom of our hearts.

    Runde's Room


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