What does your class do while eating snack?

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  1. Joy

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    What do you have your students do while eating snack? When I sub, it seems like the kids are usually doing independent reading while eating snack. It seems like a good use of time but I've noticed that it doesn't seem to be teaching good eating habits. Their mind is not on what they are eating or how much they just ate. It seems like the popular thing for kids to have for snack is a mega container of fish crackers. It's convenient because then the parents don't have to pack a snack everyday but it seems like a way to really overeat. The kids are busy reading and have no idea of how much they just ate. Also in 4th or 5th grade, sometimes the kids are reading around 30 minutes long. That means that the kids are munching for about that long without thinking about what they are doing. What do other classes do while having snack? Is it worth the time spent to just have them eat snack without doing anything else?
     
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    We don't have snack at the high school level. I honestly wish we did because I think that the kids need to have some nutritional sustenance at other times of the day besides just lunch.

    When I was in school, snack time was dedicated for snacks, bathroom breaks, and socializing. We didn't eat while doing our work, mostly out of fear of spilling on our books.
     
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    I think the kids need to have a snack. Sometimes the mornings can get really long or some classes have lunch so early that the kids start getting hungry by the late afternoon. It just seems like the way some teachers set it up is promoting some bad eating habits. I think they are probably just trying to make good use of time.
     
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    We usually have a working snack. They eat lunch at 11:30, but are at school until 3:30, so we usually have snack just before 2:00. They really need to eat at the point and it seems to help to keep them going for the rest of the afternoon. Sometimes I have a few minutes to spare to give them free time during their snack, but usually they eat while they're working. I don't allow them to take their snacks out until 1:50, though an then we pack up for the end of class at 2:05, so there is a time limit for their eating.
     
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    I also have 'working snack'. My school has a nutrition policy and we encourage small, healthy snacks. I allow a maximum of ten minutes for snack at which time I quickly check homework folders and kids are engaged in a short piece of work. After that, snacks get packed away and we continue with our work....it is NOT a prolonged grazing period.
     
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    When we had snack it was before a morning "special," so they finished what we were working on and I dismissed groups to use the bathroom. It worked well.
     
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    Snack is only out for 5-10 minutes. All snacks must be eaten and cleaned up by this time. I will put the start time of snack on the board and the end time. After a couple of weeks, it is like clock work. In this time I usually go over spelling words or math facts. However, if we have to get through something I will keep on going with whatever we are going over.
     
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    We aren't really allowed to give snacks, so we don't have a designated snack time, but I would probably do as mentioned above by having it as a bathroom break, drink break, etc.
     
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    I do my daily read aloud while they are eating. When the story is over, and we've discussed it, snack time is over.
     
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    My students work while they snack. It is usually during independent math work time, and none of them dawdle while eating b/c they are hungry!
     
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    I always allowed students to get water and go to the restroom during snack. It was right before nap time.
     
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    I let my kids visit quietly with their neighbors. My day is so busy and structured that I like to give them the down time to talk with their friends.
     
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    I've done working snack in the past, but always limited the time to a 10 minute window. However, I really feel like this is a group that needs some time to "socialize" so I give them 10 minutes to eat, chat, and use the restroom if need be.
     
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    I give them 10 minutes to sit outside and eat their snack. On the days we don't switch for science, they can also play (a quick playtime).
     
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    We don't do snack at all in my school. It's prek-5. Pre-K & K are in a separate building, so they may do snack I'm not sure. But I know 1-5 don't do snack and in the school where I student taught there was no snack k-5.
     
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    Another teacher and I have a snack arrangement that I love. We eat snack at the same time, and I bring my kids across the hall to her class. They sit on the floor, eat their snack, and visit quietly, and she and I use that time to take much needed restroom breaks.
     
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    My kids socialize during snack. They need it.
     
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    ]Snack time is a good time for the teacher to take a step back and let students socialize but at the same time be present and teach the kids good table manners, how to socialize properly, enhance communication skills, etc. It's good for practicing what we've already learned and for teachable moments.
     
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    I usually show them something on the internet thru the Smartboard...such as current event, weather, google something we talked about.

    Our snack is fresh fruit and milk at 1:15-1:30...school grant for the first year! LOVE IT!
     

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