Weekly Meal Plan February 22-26

Teachers know that when teaching reading, background knowledge is so important. And what we find is that with our high ELL population, they don’t always have the background knowledge we assume every child has. So we talk about books, we discuss the type of writing (fiction or non-fiction), we look at subject specific language and we draw on the experiences the kids have had. All before we read a single word in a book.

So, I gathered my little group of boys around the guided reading table and we started the discussion. The book we were reading was a fiction piece written in the style of a journal called “My Monster Week” (those teachers out there familiar with LPEY have probably read it a thousand times…)

As we started to flip through the pages I asked the boys “What kind of book is this? There are dates at the top of each page…what kind of writing has that?”

The boys flipped through, rolling the question over and finally one of the little boys figured it out.

His eyes got big and he shot his hand up. “I know” he said excitedly “It’s a diarrhea.”

“It’s a diary, yes!” I said quickly as to not draw attention to the the word diarrhea at a table full of 8 year old boys. No one skipped a beat, they all repeated the word diary after me under their breaths and we talked about how it was like writing in your journal…and how sometimes you lock a diary so no one else can read it.

This is why I get paid the big bucks people, to decide when it is important to build background knowledge and explain words…and when it is best to just keep moving on.

It’s teachers convention this week! A favorite time of year for all teachers. Professional development and a mental health break to connect with old friends and colleagues. But it also means breakfasts and lunches with friends…and they are not always that good for me. So I am trying keeping suppers light and fiber-full.

MondaySplit Pea Soup
TuesdayChicken Noodle Soup
WednesdayChili
ThursdayAn assortment of leftover soups
FridayFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Dried lentils
  • Dried split peas
  • Ham steak
  • Chicken broth x 4
  • Marjoram
  • Onion
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Basil
  • Mustard
  • Thyme
  • Bay leaves
  • Chicken breasts
  • Egg noodles or your favorite noodles
  • Ground beef
  • Beans x 2
  • Tomato soup
  • BBQ sauce
  • Green pepper
  • Canned mushrooms

Monday

I have to work late on Monday night, so something in the slow cooker is the best option because then it is ready when I get home (when I will be very, very hungry). Split pea soup is perfect…full of fiber and flavor.

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Tuesday

More soup!

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Wednesday

Chili is like soup…but you can eat it with lots of cheese and taco chips! So maybe this is not as healthy as it could be when I add all that other stuff, but beans are healthy right?

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Thursday

I’m pretty sure we are going to have TONS of soup/chili leftovers…so we can choose what we like best and enjoy it again tonight.

Weekly Meal Plan January 18-22

Like I mentioned in a previous post, funny stuff happens around the guided reading table in a classroom. A good example of this came last week during a guided reading lesson. We had just finished readingĀ Jack and the Beanstalk and we were discussing the book and the traits of the characters.

“What do you think this book tells us about Jack’s character?” I asked my group of boys.

They stared at me blankly.

“You know, he climbed the beanstalk when he didn’t know where it lead, he faced the giant…” I prodded along.

One little boy caught on to my train of thought, “Yeah, he stared at the giant…he’s a stalker, yeah he’s a stalker.”

Another little boy pipes in “And he stole from the giant, he’s a stealer! He’s a stealer and a stalker!”

I sat there for a moment and stared at the boys.

“Do you think Jack may have been brave too?”

…you can’t make this stuff up…

Here is what we are eating this week:

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese sandwichesHeavenly Salmon SaladChiliSplit Pea SoupFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Your favorite pre-made tomato soup, or all the fixings to make your own
  • Bread
  • Cheese
  • Salmon
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Potatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Lemon juice
  • Ground beef
  • 2 cans of beans
  • Canned mushrooms
  • Green pepper
  • Tomato soup
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Sugar
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Ham steak
  • Split peas
  • Lentils
  • Chicken stock
  • Marjoram
  • Basil

Monday

I’m a cookbook junkie…but instead of buying them, I take them out of our public library. I carefully flip through looking at all the incredible recipes, and then promptly return them back to the library without cooking a single thing out of them. This is why I don’t buy them…because I don’t use them. Sigh…but I love them…

So when I took outĀ Jaime Oliver’s Great Britain, and felt inspired to try a few of the delicious recipes I found, I promised myself I would actually act on it.

This cookbook is where I got the idea for Monday’s dinner. Creamy tomato soup with little grilled cheese soldiers. Doesn’t it sound wonderful? I was all set until I got to the grocery store… that’s when I realized the tomatoes alone for this recipe would cost me almost $10, so I opted for a far cheaper version.

At $2.50 a container, it just made more sense. Sorry Jaime Oliver…your soup recipe looked incredible, and I promise when produce is more reasonable, I will try it. Forgive me.

Tuesday

I did find another great recipe in the same cookbook that was not going to cost me an arm and a leg to make. I look forward to this warm salmon salad!

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Wednesday

My crockpot will save me once again! With an appointment right around dinner time, I know that when I get home starving, my chili will be nice and hot and ready to eat!

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Thursday

In my attempt to continue to clean out my pantry, split pea soup seemed like an efficient way to rid the shelves of all the half used bags of split peas and lentils that I have. Plus it tastes amazing…