MATERIALS: small paper bags, popcorn
After reading a novel, have a "Popcorn Chit Chat." The students
eat popcorn as they discuss their novel in a book-club style format.
Hand each group a list of open ended discussion questions which they discuss while enjoying their popcorn. You'll be quite impressed with the quality of their discussions!
Try this with other subjects: At the end of any chapter or unit, the students sit around as scientists, historians, mathematicians, etc., and discuss their recent "discoveries."
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