How Did That Get Into My Lunchbox

Thank you for recently attending a “Leading Kids to Ag Knowledge” workshop. We appreciate your willingness to share accurate agricultural information with local elementary school students.

One of the books we’ve chosen to help you deliver this message is “How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?,” a previous winner of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s (AFBFA) “Book of the Year” Award. The book and accompanying educator’s guide are appropriate for K-2nd graders.

Choose any of the lessons (briefly described below) in the educator’s guide or any of the activities listed below then work with your county Farm Bureau to schedule a presentation and order related resources. Find contact information for your county on the Contact Us page.

Presentation resources:


How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? The Story of Food lesson plans

Source: AFBFA Educator’s Guide


Lesson One: First, Second, Third…

Source: AFBFA Educator’s Guide
Subjects: Language Arts, Math
Goal: To introduce the concept of sequence related to the journey food takes before it gets put in a lunchbox.

Lesson Two: What’s in Your Lunchbox?

Source: AFBFA Educator’s Guide
Subject: Nutrition
Goal: To introduce healthy choices and a balanced meal.

Lesson Three: Yummy to My Tummy!

Source: AFBFA Educator’s Guide
Subject: Nutrition
Goal: To allow students to experience the taste of healthy food choices.

AFBFA Suggested Resources (Provided by county Farm Bureau via KFB Foundation for Agriculture grants)

  • How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? The Story of Food, 1 book per classroom
  • How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? The Story of Food - Educator's Guide, 1 guide per classroom
  • Companion Poster: My Food Connection, 1 poster per classroom
  • Food and Farm Facts, 1 book per classroom
  • Farm Fact Pencils, 1 per student
  • Food and Farm Facts Jr, 1 booklet per student
  • Related Ag Mags, 1 magazine per student in the following topics. Sold in bundles of 30.
    • Career
    • Dairy
    • Biotechnology
    • School Garden
    • etc.
  • Healthy snacks for each student:
    • Cheese Sticks
    • Milk
    • Clementines
    • Carrots

Related KFB Ag Education Resources

What next?

The lessons provided offer several opportunities to present accurate ag information to elementary school youth. Your county Farm Bureau coordinator is aware of the training you’ve received, please contact them to order resources provided by KFB Foundation grants. 

Consider using the .pdf links provided here to avoid cutting activities from your educator’s guide. If you are super motivated and looking for more lessons to present, check out our other Do-it-Yourself (DIY) options here.

After high school, should you continue your education at a community college or university in Kansas, consider joining a Collegiate Farm Bureau group. Click here to learn more about the Collegiate Farm Bureau.

If you have questions about the Student Trainers program, click here to contact us.