Dinnertime Storytelling Prompts #113-116

By Jennifer L. Davidson

Tis the season to reflect on what we're thankful for, like family, friends, our health, and the strength and support of our community. But to be honest, I'm also thankful for sweatpants, books, Netflix, Hulu, cookies, and my adorable pets. Take some time to make your own list of who and what you cherish. Oh, and try one of these fun prompts with your family while you're at it!


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#113 - Nellie’s teacher assigned her class to write five sentences about what they were thankful for and then share their writing during the next Google Meet. Nellie knew her classmates were going to say the same old boring things, so she decided to do something a little bit different. What is Nellie thankful for, and how does she share her ideas with her class? Rap? Rhyme? Sing? Create a video? How does her class respond? (CHALLENGE: Create your own unique way of sharing what you're thankful for!)

#114 - Tomorrow was Thanksgiving Day and Peter needed to finish writing his speech. It had become a family tradition, ever since he garbled noises while banging on the tray of his highchair during his first Thanksgiving almost eleven years ago. He wanted to add something about being thankful that his uncle was paying for his upcoming trip to Jupiter, but he didn't want to upset his mom. She'd be mad, but not as mad as when she learned he'd be gone for a year! What is life like on Jupiter? What does Peter intend to do there? Why does he have to stay for a year? How does his mom react to the news?


#115 - It was the year 2099 and the traditional Thanksgiving Day festivities had been tossed aside like the cheap toys won at Chuck E. Cheese. Nothing was like it used to be, according to Grandpa Steve's journal. Describe how Thanksgiving is different in 2099. Do families create new traditions? If so, what are they? What remains the same? Why?


#116 - Pam the yam sat among her large family in the bin at the local grocery store, wishing with all her might that she wouldn't get picked to be part of a family's Thanksgiving feast. Unfortunately, Devin, an eight-year-old science enthusiast, dug through the bin, touching almost every yam before wrapping his hand around Pam. But what Pam didn't know, and what Devin did know, was that Pam wasn't destined for a boiling pot of water. Devin needed her help with an experiment. What theory is Devin trying to prove? How is Pam helping him with the experiment? Is it successful? If not, what should Devin do different?

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