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School Issues: School Lunches

Central Research Question: What should be done about school lunch?

Grade 5
Articles with Reading Levels: 5.0-5.9
Grade 6
Articles with Reading Levels: 6.0-6.9

Article Name: Waste Not
Source: Time for Kids
Author: Shay Maunz
Date Published: April 19, 2019
Guiding Question: How are some schools improving school lunch?
Grade Level: 5.8

Article Name: School's "Share Table" Keeps Good Food Out of the Trash Cans
Source: Orlando Sentinel via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 800)
Author: Leslie Postal
Date Published: November 28, 2017
Guiding Question: How can schools lower the amount of trash and help picky eaters get food they like?
Grade Level: 5.6

Article Name: Congress Has Voted to Change School Lunch Rules 
Source: McClatchy Washington Bureau via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 600)
Author: Lindsay Wise
Date Published: May 5, 2017
Guiding Question: Do healthy school lunches cost too much?
Grade Level: 5.7

Article Name: Schools Say Too Much Food is Being Wasted
Source: McClatchy Washington Bureau via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 910)
Author: Lindsay Wise
Date Published: March 9, 2015
Guiding Question: Are mandatory servings of healthy lunches a waste?
Grade Level: 5.0

Article Name: Students’ Lunch Boxes Have Too Many Treats, Not Enough Meats, Study Says
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 850)
Author: Karen Kaplan
Date Published: December 9, 2014
Guiding Question: Are lunches brought from home really better than those bought at school?
Grade Level: 5.0

Article Name: Obesity Declared a Disease in Decision Affecting Millions of Americans
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 890)
Author: Anna Gorman
Date Published: June 21, 2013
Guiding Question: How does calling obesity a disease change the way people will fight it?
Grade Level: 5.0

Article Name: Students Surprised How Much Food Waste, Plastic Trays Reach Landfill
Source: Charlotte Observer via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 840)
Author: Ann Doss Helms
Date Published: February 27, 2019
Guiding Question: How have healthier lunches impacted the amount of food waste generated?
Grade Level: 6.3

Article Name: When School Cafeteria Food Looks Good, It Suddenly Tastes Good
Source: The Washington Post via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 970)
Author: Lenny Bernstein
Date Published: March 31, 2015
Guiding Question: Is making food look better the key to getting kids to eat healthy?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: PRO/CON: Getting the Kids to Eat Healthier School Meals
Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 920)
Author: William Rice and Daren Bakst
Date Published: September 29, 2014
Guiding Question: Do the pros of new school lunch guidelines outweigh the cons?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: Free School Lunch for More Students
Source: Stateline.org via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 950)
Author: Jake Grovum
Date Published: July 11, 2014
Guiding Question: How does allowing every student to eat free or reduced-price lunches impact students and schools?
Grade Level: 6.0

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Article Name: Chefs Have a Contest to Make Tasty, Healthy, and Cheap School Lunches 
Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 590)
Author: Dave Collins
Date Published: June 5, 2018
Guiding Question: How can schools find new ways to make healthy and cheap lunches?
Grade Level: 4.0

Article Name: A North Carolina School Does a Good Dead for Some Students 
Source: Charlotte Observer via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 580)
Author: Mark Price 
Date Published: December 15, 2016
Guiding Question: Should kids not get a hot lunch because their parents forgot to pay the bill?
Grade Level: 4.1

Article Name: School Lunch Menu Changes are a Hot Topic
Source: McClatchy-Tribune via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 780)
Author: Rob Hotakainen
Date Published: May 30, 2014
Guiding Question: Should students have access to free or reduced-priced lunches even when school is out?
Grade Level: 4.0

Article Name: Kicking Unhealthy Food Out of School Cafeterias
Source: The Kansas City Star via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 690)
Author: Joe Robertson
Date Published: May 14, 2014
Guiding Question: How are school nutritionists adjusting lunches to meet the government's strict guidelines?
Grade Level: 4.0

Article Name: Healthy School Lunch Not Required?
Source: XYZA News
Author: n/a
Date Published: December 14, 2018
Guiding Question: Should the USDA loosen the guidelines on healthy school lunches?
Grade Level: 7.5

Article Name: Simmering Question:  Will Fast-Food Fan Trump Keep Healthy School Lunches?
Source: Associated Pressvia Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 880)
Author: Mary Clare Jalonick
Date Published: November 17, 2016
Guiding Question: Why are some people saying healthier school lunches are bad?
Grade Level: 8.3

Article Name: Chefs help school lunches taste better
Source: Washington Post via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 550)
Author: Lenny Bernstein
Date Published: March 31, 2015
Guiding Question: Does tastier food get students to eat healthier lunches?
Grade Level: 7.5

Article Name: First Lady Defends Law that Requires Healthier Foods in U.S. School Lunches
Source: McClatchy-Tribune via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 980)
Author: Kathleen Hennessey
Date Published: June 3, 2014
Guiding Question: Should our nation support less strict, more flexible nutrition standards for school lunches?
Grade Level: 7.0

Article Name: Dumping the Veggies and Grabbing Some Pop-Tarts
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 1030)
Author: Teresa Watanabe
Date Published: April 14, 2014
Guiding Question: Are new regulations on school lunches leading to increased waste?
Grade Level: 7.0