The goal of this program is to help create a sense of community at our school that extends across the grade levels.
How it Works
“Mix it Up at Lunch” is a one-day program that was created by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Hiawatha Elementary created its own unique version of this program, extending the practice beyond mixing individual classrooms only one day of the school year. At the school, “Mix it Up at Lunch” is a practice that occurs multiple times throughout the school year. During this practice, students are divided by grade level, so each teacher has a classroom with students in kindergarten through sixth grade. These groups of students eat lunch together, go to recess together (playing organized cooperative games), and spend time in class learning more about how to show others respect, kindness, and teamwork skills.
During a “Mix it Up at Lunch” day, the older students are seen supporting the younger students, many taking on valuable leadership roles. The school also observes a greater occurrence of respect, kindness, and patience toward others.
We have 2 classrooms per grade level, so I organize Mix it Up classrooms by Group A and Group B. I provide each classroom teacher with a packet of activity ideas for their classroom, a detailed list of how to divide their students (into other classrooms), and a complete Mix it Up schedule.
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