New Kids Lunch Bunch
During the first week of school I sent out my New Kids Lunch Bunch invitations. I use a pdf file from Marco's Creative Small Groups and personalize it a bit on my computer.
I use the same Lunch Bunch Invitation throughout the school year for all my different lunch bunches.
During the New Kids Lunch Bunches we played Get To Know You Jenga. I detailed this activity in my previous blog post.
Get To Know The Counselor Lunch BunchI conduct a lot of lunch bunches throughout the school year with students. Last year I did "Get To Know The Counselor" Lunch Bunches with every student in my school, all 575 of them! I did this because I was new to the school district and I think it is very important for all the students to know who I am and it was a great chance for me to meet every student in the school in an informal setting.
This year I am only doing the "Get To Know The Counselor" Lunch Bunches with the 3rd grade students because they just transitioned into our school from the lower elementary school. Each week I eat with students from a different classroom. I ask the classroom teacher to divide their students up into groups of about 5 students; I leave it up to the classroom teacher how to divide up the students. Some teachers just go in numerical or alphabetical order, others divide them up by gender and others do mixed groups. I eat with about 5 students a day and by Friday I have met an entire class!
When I went to go visit the 2nd graders last year (current 3rd graders) at their elementary school to introduce myself and answer questions about my school I told them about these lunch bunches and they were very excited. The students have been asking since the first week of school when these lunch bunches would start up so it was nice to start getting to know them better this week.
These are just informal lunch bunches so we just chat about how things are going, what their interests are and what their favorite and least favorite things are about school. This gives me a lot of information about who they are and I also start noticing some trends as the weeks go by!
I also keep some interesting things (mind jars, Find It Kids, etc.) on my table to help spark conversation in quieter groups.Pin It