Made to go with the New Horizon 6th grade text since it introduces school life in Unit 7 and has a bit about American school lunch. My students were really interested in finding out more so I made this powerpoint. Made for elementary but you could use it at JHS! And of course, as a regular disclaimer- this is based on my own school experiences, so if yours is different, please change as necessary. I just thought to share this as a jumping off point for more personalized presentations.
This powerpoint has quiz questions within it to get the students involved and thinking about cultural differences. It's elementary centric but the menu included is from a high school in the school district I went to (same with the blurry pics). I suggest, if you're interested, to swap this out with your own school's menu and a question related to it. Aside from the menu, you will also need to change the lunch box slide if you had a favorite one, maybe the lunch prices, and maybe how long lunch is.
Introduces lunch times, lunch menus for buyers, bag lunches, and some things you can find in them, etc. It has admittedly been a long time since I was in school so what's referenced are some things I grew up with and have known my nieces to eat. The question about what's in a bag lunch is of course debatable, but growing up it was almost always chips for me as a side. Carrot sticks could also be the answer, so feel free to change or explain that. The lunch box popularity is based on Target's best sellers- I was kinda shocked since so many kids growing up had character lunch boxes but it seems like they aren't as popular anymore...so I just picked out the character ones for the boy's in the best sellers and for the girl's choices I left as is (not to gender lunch boxes but I thought it'd be fun for the kids to see some different styles)
Anyway, that's my rambling. Feel free to make any suggestions!