My partner teacher, Livia C., came up with this idea, and it was a huge hit!
This gift is low cost, little preparation, and gets students thinking what they would want to talk about at the dinner table. This gift is for families to have at the dinner table and start conversations.
Materials: I asked families to donate old spaghetti jars, or similar jars. I removed all the paper and purchased spray chalk paint at Target, to paint the top of the jar. I then purchased twine, and white card stock to create the card, to begin this project. If you don’t want to use spaghetti jars, you can purchase small mason jars at Michaels or Target. My partner teacher did this and did not spray the top. Both looked great!
A separate attachment, will have an editable document for the conversation starters. You will need to download this to your google drive, or computer, and then you can upload this document into your google classroom, for students to edit, and directly type on their own document.
I have created some sentence starters for the students, as well as already generated conversation starters. I found giving them ideas, helps them generate their own ideas as well. The one with the blank (_______), I have students fill in the blank, with whatever they want. I remind them it must be appropriate. Having them create their own, allows the gift to be more personal. Depending on your grade level, you may be able to let them come up with all their own conversation starters. The ones with the blanks, I have left for the end of the document. When they are done, they print the document, and cut the strips to place in their jar.
I allow students to make a personal tag and wrap their jar in twine or ribbon. We then wrap the gifts, and they can take them home for a holiday gift. Parents loved the thoughtful gift, and it doesn’t break the bank!