What’s in your Lunchbox: resource for late elementary students

What’s in your Lunchbox is a hands-on, interactive resource for late elementary students. Students learn which crops, animals and plant parts are needed to make the foods that they commonly eat. Kits include PowerPoint presentations, game cards, lesson plan and story book.

Elementary school students can learn in a fun and interactive way where common foods come from while meeting Science, Health and Social Studies curriculum outcomes with the What’s in your Lunchbox resource kit.

What’s in Your Lunchbox will help students think about the different crops and animals needed to make that food or the farmers responsible for them. Making the connection between food and where it comes from can lead to healthier eating choices and a better appreciation for agriculture and its role in feeding the world.

This resource helps students connect what they eat to the crops and animals needed to produce those foods and, ultimately, the farms and people who raise the crops and animals. Students are asked to think critically about their food and where it comes from. Teachers can make curriculum outcome linkages to science, health and social studies. Primarily suitable for Grades 3-5 but material can be adapted for younger grades. This resource is available in both English and French.

What’s in your Lunchbox resource includes:

  • 5 sets of game cards
  • How Did That get in My Lunchbox? story book
  • lesson plan with guiding questions and curriculum connections
  • USB with slide show presentations with background information and activities
  • staff support to answer questions

This program is also available in French.


This resource is available to Nova Scotia Elementary school teachers in both English and French and is available anytime throughout the year.

How to apply

  1. Determine if What’s in Your Lunchbox resource is a good fit for your classroom.
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. The Department of Agriculture will review all applications.
  4. Teachers will be contacted for delivery.

How long it takes

Teachers will be notified within 5 business days that their application has been received and for delivery details.


There is no cost to participate in this program.

Before you apply

Make sure your school principal is aware of your intention to apply to the program and supports your participation.

Important dates

This resource is available throughout the year.

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Other ways to apply

If you are unable to apply online, contact the Agricultural Education office at 902-893-6575 or

Contact Information

Agricultural Education Office
74 Research Dr.
Bible Hill, NS B6L 2R2

Phone: 902-893-6575