Most of my students responded to the radio station prompt - LOTS of opinions about that holiday music! I'm firmly in the after Thanksgiving only camp, but call me old-fashioned. :-)
Here the first name prompt was the big winner. I have a crazy story about my name, so I shared it when we gathered for our weekly meeting where we all pick a journal entry to read aloud. I was named after the Bob Dylan version of the song "Corrina, Corrina" and my mother almost had my first and middle name be Corrina in homage. Thank GOD my grandmother talked her out of it!!
The worst foods was the favorite choice this time. Boy did they relish describing how horrendous certain foods were - lots of "juicy" details - in an awesomely bad way. :-D
Designing their own restaurant really appealed to my 5th graders. They got super creative - you can tell who watches a lot of Food Network at home! (Diners, Drive-ins & Dives and Restaurant: Impossible are two of my favorite shows to watch with my own kids.)
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