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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: 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: 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: 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: 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