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Kristyn D.
Hi Jennifer! Your Message in a Bottle project sounds amazing! I was curious if you had any sample letters that your kids wrote. I would love to see a model! Thank you so much!
March 16, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
I am going to try to post one this weekend! Thank you for your patience. :)
March 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Chelsie Ellsworth  (TpT Seller)
Hello! I love the poetry unit preview that I can see. Does this unit include figurative language activities for 4th garde cc standards?
March 11, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Hi! The pre and post test both address figurative language as does the vocabulary component. While the unit does ask for the students to play with language in a creative way, there is not an explicit lesson on this in this unit. Please let me know if you have further questions!
March 11, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Poetry Unit for 4th - 6th Grade
I'm a little confused on how to have the students make the folder on the 4th day that holds their mini lessons. Do you just have the papers kind of loose? How do you keep the papers from falling out of the construction paper folder?
March 5, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Yes, the papers were just kept loose. I loved using gallon size zip lock bags as well - the kids would slip their papers in there and also could use it for the books when it was time. Another idea is to take plastic sleeves (like the kind that go in a binder) and use those to keep poetry related material. I hope that is helpful - my students didn't have issues, typically, keeping the papers in! Feel free to e-mail me if you have further questions. :)
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Buyer re: Poetry Unit for 4th - 6th Grade
Under the worksheet "What Poets Do..." it states to type the poem "Discovery" but in her book, there is no poem titled "Discovery".
January 30, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
I wonder if it is not under that title. Look for the poem about the apple (it refers to a shining ruby). Please feel free to e-mail me if this does not answer your question adequately. My e-mail should be found in the packet. Thank you!
January 30, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Edythe W  (TpT Seller) re: Wacky Animals Informative Writing Mini-Unit
Your resource looks good. I understand you don't want to give anything away, but could you add at least one actual page that can be read, so we can see the work for ourselves? Possibly one page with "sample" written through it? Just a thought :)
January 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Yes, of course! I have gone ahead and added two actual pages from the unit with "sample" written through them. Please let me know if you have any additional questions! :)
January 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Brandi Turner  (TpT Seller)
I recently bought your Message in a Bottle book report and it will not print. Our IT dept and I have tried everything we know how and it still won't print the pdf that was attached for download. Any suggestions? I'd like to start using this with my 6th graders next week.
Thanks!!!
January 3, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
I am responding to your e-mail now! :)
January 3, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
Hey Jennifer,
I am looking at your summary mini-unit and it looks great. I just have a quick questions regarding non-fiction vs. fiction. Is your mini-unit geared to work with non-fiction or fiction reading? I am really working on my students summarizing chapter books and this resource would be perfect if it addresses fiction/chapter books.
December 9, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Hi there! Thanks so much for taking a look at my unit and for your question. Unfortunately, it mainly covers non-fiction text. I will definitely be able to add an additional fiction component but it won't be till holiday break. I am sorry it doesn't fit your needs perfectly! Please let me know if you have any more questions!
December 9, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Nichole L. re: Scientific Inquiry, Method and Processes Unit
This is a great unit! It is a great review for my students. On Days 6 and 7 on Week Two, the lesson plan sends us to a website (mysciencelessons.blogspot) that has been removed. Have you had the opportunity to replace it with a different site yet? Thank you so much
November 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Hi! So glad you are enjoying the unit. So sorry for the link not working...I really appreciate you telling me about it. I will update the unit tonight but here is a link that should work better! The first one here is a link to the activities that go with Mystery Footprints: http://www.middleschoolscience.com/footprints-isn.pdf

This second link brings you to the blog post where you can access the Mystery Footprints Power Point: http://middleschoolscience.edublogs.org/category/mystery-footprints/

Please let me know if these don't work for you or if you have any additional questions. Please also e-mail me at jen . maschari (at) gmail (dot) com so I can send you a free science product as a thank you. :)
November 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Suzanne S.
Hello,

I purchased you message in a bottle book project and I can't make it print.....do you have any suggestions?

thanks,
Suzanne stockman (stockswife)
November 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
That is an intriguing question! I have never had that happen before. Please try to contact TpT customer service (bottom of the page) and they should be able to help you right away! If you don't have luck there, please email me at jen . maschari (at) gmail (dot) com and I will send it to you or try a different format.
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Caitlin H.
Would the Bridge to Terabithia unit for lit circles work for 3rd grade? I'm looking into using it with a group of my higher students, but want to make sure it wouldn't be too difficult for them before downloading! Thanks!

The message in a bottle project?
October 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Oops! Now I understand!! 3rd grade could definitely do it! I think it would be a fun challenge for them!
October 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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amber m davis  (TpT Seller)
Hi Jennifer,

I looked through your poetry unit preview. Can you tell me what it means, under "two weeks before unit: request book collection of poetry"? Who would I request the book collection from? Do I need this for the unit?
October 23, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Hi Amber -

I suggest certain books that I really love that you can get through the public library. Each year I taught this unit, I ordered the books ahead of time so that they would be in by teaching time. I love having poetry books around for the students to look at and enjoy. One activity asks for them to look through poetry books and using post-its, mark poems they like. They also look through the books to find characteristics of poems. While I suggest certain books, you could also pick some of your personal favorites, too!

Please let me know if you have any more questions. :)
Jen
October 23, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Stacey Duffy  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much for replying to my inquiry. I really wanted to purchase this but can't justify if it's not in our 5th grade frameworks for science in MA. Not to worry, I notice I've purchased other things from you! THank you!
September 9, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
No worries Stacey! I completely understand. I hope you have a great school year! :)
September 9, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Dana Fairrel  (TpT Seller) re: Poetry Unit for 4th - 6th Grade
Thanks so much for this wonderful looking unit! I am a new teacher of gifted children and am looking for new and creative ways to stretch their critical thinking! I do have a problem with some of the font that I'm not sure how to fix. On many of the pages things are gibberish and/or difficult to read. Can you help me?! I can't wait to use your product! Thank you!
September 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Hi there!
First, thanks so much for your purchase! I am sorry that things are gibberish, though, and difficult to read. My first suggestion is to make sure that you have the most recent version of Adobe downloaded. Then, I would try to download the product again. Sometimes having an old version of Adobe will cause the product to look funny. Second, I would contact TpT technical support. They are total experts and will be able to give you some suggestions.

I downloaded the product myself to see if I could recreate your issue and my version appears fine. If both steps one and two do not work, please contact me again via e-mail ( jen (dot) maschari (at) gmail (dot) com) with your TpT user name and date of purchase and I will send you a copy via e-mail.

Thank you so much!
Jen
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Stacey Duffy  (TpT Seller) re: Spooky Halloween Science Mini-Unit
Can you tell us what massachusetts science frameworks these demonstrations apply to? I am always looking for fun stuff but in light of our ongoing science MCAS I want to make sure I'm correlating the activities. What grade do you teach? Thanks, Stacey Duffy, Holden, MA
September 1, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Hi Stacey-
I apologize for the delayed response. When I taught this mini-unit, I taught 5th grade. I teach in Ohio but took a look at the 5th grade Massachusetts frameworks for you and do think that there are areas of the unit that could fit in. In the skills of inquiry, experimentation and design, students ask questions, keep records, record and communicate data. Unfortunately, in the actual "content" areas of the frameworks, it does not look like this unit fits into those. The experiments/activities deal with pH, properties of substances and observation skills. When I used this unit, I used it as a transition between 2 units and as a way to further inspire wonder in my students in terms of science. I also liked introducing them to some more complex topics on a basic level.

If your school has high stakes testing, and you don't feel like a week could be spared to move away from content (even though these do involve the inquiry parts of the frameworks), I would probably not suggest purchasing this unit. However, my Marshmallow Launch activity would work well with your engineering standards. Please let me know if you have any more questions!
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Nicole Shelby  (TpT Seller) re: Writing Awesome Reader Responses! (Reader Response Activities for 4th Grade)
Hi Jennifer,

This looks fantastic! Do you have a blog/blog post I could check out to see it in action in your classroom?

Thanks,
Nicole
August 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Hi Nicole!

Unfortunately, my blog is woefully out of date! Additionally, I now teach 7th and 8th literacy but am working from the bottom up to make the book marks. When I make them for 7th and 8th, I will definitely do a blog post on how they work in my classroom!

I am sorry I could not be more helpful here!
Jen

ETA: If you would like to see a more in-depth preview, I would be happy to provide it!
August 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Tyler Swatek Carbone  (TpT Seller) re: Simple Machine Activity - Marshmallow Launch
Are they building catapults?
July 31, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Yes, they are essentially building catapults. However, I have had students who have found other solutions to the "problem" as well.
July 31, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
Sorry to bother you. I just purchased your compound machine project, it looks great! I am wanting to be able to fill in the blanks and make a few minor changes (us Canadians and our metric system:)) but our school computers work with word. I'm not sure if this is possible but can you email me the word version of this project? Sorry again.
April 15, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Hi Melissa - I can't remember if I have responded to this or not via e-mail. If not, e-mail me at jen.maschari {at} gmail {dot} com and I will get you what you need. :)
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Paula P. re: Word Work Organizer
This may be a stupid question, but what do you mean by sort number?
April 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
In a lot of spelling/word work program, there are sorts and each sort has a number. Like in Words Their Way, there are different books (depending on level) and the books are divided into sort numbers. I hope this is helpful. :)
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Buyer
I purchased the Poetry Unit for grades 4-6 but when I went to download, it was not there. I am unable to find it.
Thanks,
Diana
March 24, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Hi Diana - Sorry I have not answered this question sooner. It did not appear in my e-mail. What day did you purchase the unit? I will look back as well. Perhaps I can send it to you via e-mail.
April 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Danielle W.
I recently purchased the poetry unit. I was wanting to know about the handout "What Do Poerts Do?" I did not see it in the attached file.

thanks

Dani Wilson
February 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
It should be on pages 32/33 of the download. I checked the product and it is showing up on my end. Let me know if you still can't find it.
February 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Dragons Den  (TpT Seller)
Congratulations Jen on making it to number 73 on the top 100 list!
Jan
September 24, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much, Jan! Congrats to you, too! You are doing awesome. :)
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TeachMe F. re: Owl Pellet Dissection Activity
Jen,

I just bought the owl pellet packet. However, I was hoping to find a bone sorting chart and reference page of bones within the packet. Do you have anything like that?

Thanks,
Melissa
June 11, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Hi Melissa -
Thanks so much for your purchase. I don't include a bone sorting chart as I used ones that I didn't personally make. However, here is a link to a really good one that I have used before: http://www.nature-watch.com/images/Owl%20Pellet%20Bone%20Sorting%20Chart.pdf I printed this out and put it in the packet for each child.
I hope this is helpful! Let me know if you have any more questions!
Jen
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Buyer
Jen,
I just bought your poetry unit... I love it --- where can I buy the unique fonts used in the first few pages?

Susan
June 8, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for purchasing the poetry unit. I am so glad you love it. The good news is that the fonts are totally free! Go to this website: http://www.kevinandamanda.com/fonts/ and follow the download instructions. :) Let me know if you have any questions! Enjoy the unit!
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Katharine S.
I am having trouble getting to your website. Any suggestions?
April 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Hmm.. my website is www.jenmaschari.com - I just tried to go to it to see if it was down and I was able to reach it. Maybe just copy and past into your browser? Let me know if that works!
Jen
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Katharine S. re: Poetry Unit for 4th - 6th Grade
Jen,
I have finished reading the unit and am very impresssed. This may be a lot to ask, but do you following a pacing guide for your curriculum, and if so can you share a copy with me? I am a teacher leader cohort in Greenville NC and I am trying to put together a bunch of yunits and lessons for new teachers next year and your stuff is AWESOME! You can email me at bobkat20837@aol.com, I am on facebook as Katharine Norris Stewart or here either way. Again, thanks a bunch! Kat
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Hi! So glad you liked my unit. It took many years to compile all of those resources and materials! Definitely worth it, though. If I had a pacing guide for my curriculum, I would have been happy to share it with you. Unfortunately, I don't. :/ I actually do things differently every year so I am afraid that I am not much help. I do teach in units though and could provide you with a list of units that I teach. Let me know if that would be helpful! Thanks so much, again!
Jen :)
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Buyer re: Poetry Unit for 4th - 6th Grade
This looks great. Do you think it is adaptable for 3rd grade?
April 10, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Yes! Definitely adaptable - many of the activities could be used on a third grade level! For the Peeling the Poem activity, I would switch out a few of the poems to be more 3rd grade friendly, but I would be happy to suggest substitutions!
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Buyer re: Simple Machine Activity - Marshmallow Launch
How many pages altogether?
February 19, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Hi! There are 9 pages all together. Here is the breakdown:
Cover - 1 page
Teacher directives - 1 page
Student Info + record sheet - 2 pages
Graphing activity - 2 pages
Exit slip - 1 page
Marshmallow launch certificate - 1 page
Credits - 1 page

I hope this is helpful! Let me know if you have any additional questions! :)
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Brittany E. re: Word Nerd Wall
This is a great idea! Do you use a word wall in conjunction with this? What I am getting at is where the students get the words to focus on for this. Thanks!
February 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
We use the book 240 Words All 5th Graders Need to Know (great book!) for our weekly vocab study. We also have words that are introduced in the content areas. When the students find words that they have learned from these areas, they put those on the Word Nerd templates. You could use this with your vocab program or with content words that you use in other subjects. Here is a blog post I wrote about it that might give you some additional information: http://www.jenmaschari.com/?p=214 I am so glad that you like the idea and hope that you can use it in your classroom. I hope that my response was helpful as well. :)
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3rdgradebulldogs  (TpT Seller) re: Poetry Unit for 4th - 6th Grade
Thank you so much. As a first year teacher, I am so nervous about hitting the standards the way I should! I have looked at your preview and would definitely purchase if you added a meter page! Thank you so much! :) I appreciate your help and expertise! My colleagues are all as stressed about this as I am, so I will recommend your page to them, too!
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
I remember my first year fondly! I will have the meter activity added by Monday. Have a great weekend. :)

ETA - I have completed the meter activity and will be adding it to my unit tonight. I would be happy to e-mail you a preview of this page if you would like!
February 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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3rdgradebulldogs  (TpT Seller) re: Poetry Unit for 4th - 6th Grade
Does this unit include anything about meter? This is in the common core for 4th grade, and I can't find ANYTHING age appropriate! Thanks!
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Jennifer Maschari  (TpT Seller)
Hi!
Thanks so much for your question. I can understand your frustration - I don't remember truly learning about meter till high school, which I am sure is about the age range you are finding materials for. In this unit, the students learn the definition of meter (established rhythm of a poem, based on sounds and accents) but really are just introduced to it through reading poetry aloud and class discussion. Verse/stanza and rhythm are defined and looked at in the course of poetry mini-lessons. I would be willing to work on an activity this weekend that would teach this more explicitly and add it to the poetry unit by Monday. Even if you decided not to purchase the unit, I am sure that this addition would help other potential buyers looking for meter activities to align with Common Core.

I hope that my answer has been helpful. :) Let me know if you have any further questions.
Jen
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I love making teaching activities and units! Often times, I would search and search for the right thing to use with my students but didn't have any luck finding it. So, I started to create my own materials and now I love sharing them with other teachers. This is my 9th year of teaching. Six of these years have been teaching science and language arts. I spent seven years teaching 5th grade (which I loved!) Now, I am the middle school literacy teacher!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am a very high energy, enthusiastic teacher who tries to incorporate technology and interactive lessons into my plans (and I occasionally dress up like a mad scientist!) I like a lot of hands-on activity and active discussion with my students. I love creating my own materials that are tailored to the standards that I teach.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

George A. Pflaum Award, Nominated for Panera Rising Above Teaching Award, Three-time presenter at OCEA convention I've also received several "World's Best Teacher" ornaments and mugs. :)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor's degree in Middle Childhood Education from The University of Dayton Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ohio Dominican University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have two very spoiled bulldogs named Oliver and Hank. My husband and I enjoy cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes and trying out restaurants in the area (my favorite is Mexican food!). I also love to write and read.