This activity uses real food items along with the book Lunch Crunch by Liza Charlesworth about things that we eat that go "CRUNCH". We package small amounts of the different types of snacks and vegetables to go with each page, so that each student has his or her own baggie of each food item. As with other types of story boxes, using the real item shown in an illustration of a story is a great way to make the book and the concept more meaningful to children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.
You will need a variety of food items to go with each page of the book.
Begin by familiarizing the students with all of the different types of foods. Give them a choice of two items and ask them to find the carrot. This can be tailored to the level of the students, and can be broadened to discuss different categories, such as fruits and vegetables.
After adding braille to the book, read the story together and use the individual food items to illustrate the story.
When I eat lunch, my carrots go crunch!
When I eat lunch, my celery goes crunch!
When I eat lunch, my chips go crunch!
When I eat my lunch, my crackers go crunch!