DINNER QUESTIONS

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Current Events

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What is one profession that you’re appreciating now more than ever before?

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(Shout-out to the grocery store restockers!)

Current Events

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What do you miss most about being in school?

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Come on, there has to be something. (Parents, this one should be easy for you.)

Current Events

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What is the hardest rule to follow while you’re stuck at home? Why has it been so hard?

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Current Events

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We’ve all been following a lot of new rules lately. If you could make one rule that everyone in the world had to follow starting tomorrow, what would it be and why?

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Food

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What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?

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(Chocolate on pizza, anyone? No?)

Food

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There are some very strange potato chip flavors out there. (And they vary widely around the world!) What unexpected potato chip flavor would you like to try—whether or not it already exists?

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Food

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What food are you not going to eat again for a long time after the coronavirus outbreak is over?

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Food

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If you owned a restaurant, what kind of food would it serve?

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Food

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What's a flavor of ice cream that you've never tasted but would like to?

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Food

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What's the strangest thing you've ever eaten?

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Food

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Which do you like more, sweet or salty?

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Food

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What's a food that you would eat every single day if you could?

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Food

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What food is really good but also super frustrating to eat?

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Food

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How is deep dish pizza different than pie?

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Food

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Would you rather eat an entire pumpkin or an entire watermelon?

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(skin and all)

Friends & Family

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What does it mean to be a good friend right now—from a distance?

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Friends & Family

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If you were to give everyone in the family new first names, what would they be?

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Friends & Family

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If you could pick one friend to hang out with after this quarantine is over, who would it be and what would you do together?

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Friends & Family

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You and your friends have to form a new superhero squad to protect the planet. Who's in your squad and what are their superpowers?

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Friends & Family

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If you could go back in time to meet one of your relatives when they were younger, how old would you want them to be when you visited? What would you do with them?

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Friends & Family

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How long does it take to become real friends with someone?

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Friends & Family

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How would you describe our family in only one word?

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Friends & Family

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If our family were a sports team, what would be our mascot?

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Funny

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What odd smell do you really enjoy?

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(Permanent markers? Anyone?)

Funny

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What word is a lot of fun to say over and over?

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Ours is "kerplunk."

Funny

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What's the most awkward thing that happens to you on a regular basis? (Anyone else cry and snort simultaneously when they laugh really hard?)

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Funny

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What's a memory that makes you laugh every time you think of it?

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Funny

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Of all the people you've met, who has the funniest name?

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Funny

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What's the most annoying noise?

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Funny

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What two completely normal activities would seem weird if you did them back-to-back?

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Funny

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What funny name would you give a product you use a lot, if you were in charge of re-naming it?

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Funny

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What's a better name for your favorite animal (for example, snake = "danger noodle")?

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History

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You get to invite three famous people, from any time in history, to come to a party. Who would they be? What do you think they would talk about?

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History

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What invention doesn’t get a lot of love, but has greatly improved the world?

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History

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If you could live your whole life in another era, which one would you choose?

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History

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What do you think would happen if the voting age was lowered to five in 2020?

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(The voting age in the United States was lowered from 21 to 18 in 1970, as a result of the Vietnam War.)

History

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If military personnel can receive a Purple Heart medal for bravery, what traits could other colored hearts represent?

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History

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Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday that honors people who have died while serving in the military. It originated long ago, but it has been observed on the last Monday of May since 1970. Who else do you think should have a holiday in their honor?

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History

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If you could choose one extinct animal to bring back to the earth, which would it be?

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History

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Who's someone from history that you really admire?

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Imagination

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If your stuffed animals or the posters on your wall could talk, what would they say?

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Imagination

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If magic was real, what spell would you try to learn first?

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Imagination

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If you could jump into a pool of something, what would it be?

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Imagination

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What app can you not believe someone hasn’t invented yet?

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Imagination

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What questions would you like to ask a time traveler from 200 years in the future?

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Imagination

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What scientific discovery would change the course of humanity overnight?

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(After a vaccine for the coronavirus, that is.)

Imagination

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An epic feast is held in your honor. What’s on the table?

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Imagination

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If you made a box for all your hopes and dreams, what would it look like?

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Imagination

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If an art gallery invited you to display a painting that captured a key scene or idea from your life, what would you paint?

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Imagination

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If you were moving to another country, but could only pack one carry-on sized bag, what would you pack?

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Imagination

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If you could transport yourself to anywhere, time travel, pause time, or be invisible, what would you pick and why?

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Imagination

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If animals could speak, which one would have the most terrifying voice?

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And what would it sound like?

Imagination

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You wake up in the morning and your bones have all turned to rubber. How do you get ready for the day?

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Imagination

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If you lived in a virtual reality world of your own creation, what would it look like?

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Imagination

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If you were stuck on an elevator for 30 seconds with just one person, who would you want it to be and what would you say?

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Imagination

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What's a statement that is wrong—but sounds right?

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Imagination

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If you could combine two animals into one, which animals would you pick and why?

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Imagination

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What's the name of the most boring super hero ever?

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Imagination

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What's the opposite of an alligator?

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Imagination

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You're in an incredibly popular band. What's the band name?

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Imagination

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You get to invent a new sport that combines two other sports. What would it be?

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Imagination

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If you could turn all the grass in the world a color other than green, what would it be?

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Imagination

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What would be the coolest animal to scale up to the size of an elephant?

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Imagination

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Sorry, but your hands have to be replaced. What would you replace them with, if robot hands, hooks, or claws aren't an option?

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Imagination

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You decide to join the circus. What's your act?

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Imagination

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How would life be different if dinosaurs were still around?

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Imagination

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If you got to pick a vehicle to take kids to school instead of school buses, what would it be?

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Imagination

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Would you rather be able to turn into a dragon or a dragonfly?

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Imagination

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Would you rather have to shout HI THERE! every time someone says your name, or have to say TOODLEDY-DOO! every time someone says goodbye to you?

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Imagination

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If you could only use one mode of transport (besides walking) for the rest of your life—plane, train, or automobile—which would it be and why?

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Pop Culture

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What television character would you like to change places with for a week?

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Pop Culture

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What movie, TV clip, or visual image always makes you laugh, no matter how many times you see it?

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Pop Culture

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What book has not been made into a movie, but really should be?

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Pop Culture

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What TV theme song do you have memorized?

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And most importantly, will it get stuck in everyone’s heads? No? Okay, go ahead and sing it, then.)

Pop Culture

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If you could spend a day in any movie in real life, which movie would it be?

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Pop Culture

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What jingle from a commercial or the radio always gets stuck in your head?

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Pop Culture

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What's the most useful emoji?

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Reflection

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No matter how down you are, what’s one thing that always cheers you up?

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Reflection

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What habit are you proudest of breaking?

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Reflection

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What’s something common from your childhood that will seem strange to future generations?

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Reflection

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What is one thing, big or small, that you did today to help someone else? What is something kind you noticed someone else do?

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Reflection

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If you could go back in time one year and tell your younger self something, what would it be?

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Reflection

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What's the most boring dream you've ever had?

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Reflection

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What word do you always forget how to spell correctly?

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Reflection

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What's your earliest memory?

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Reflection

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What's something that isn't expensive to buy, but is very valuable to you?

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Reflection

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What age would you want to stay forever?

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(It can be an age you haven’t gotten to yet!)

Up for Debate

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Would you rather wear your shoes on the wrong feet or wear your pants backwards? What are the pros and cons of each? Discuss.

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Up for Debate

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What’s the funniest word in the English language?

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Up for Debate

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What's the best way to stop the hiccups?

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Up for Debate

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Fill in the blank: There's no better pizza topping than ______.

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Up for Debate

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Should teachers have to wear school uniforms, too?

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Up for Debate

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Would you rather be a little hot all the time, or a little cold all the time?

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Up for Debate

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Which animal would be cutest if you could shrink it down to the size of a kitten?

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Up for Debate

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Which season is the best?

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Up for Debate

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Where's the best place in the house to hide from zombies?

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Up for Debate

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Breakfast is basically dessert. Agree or disagree?

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Up for Debate

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Should cereal be considered soup?

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Up for Debate

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What's the best Pixar movie?

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Up for Debate

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What's the best day of the week?

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Funny

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Would you rather have way too much hair, or none at all?

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Reflection

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If you were stranded on an island and could have just one type of condiment (like mustard), what would it be?

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Current Events

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Someday, maybe everyone won’t have to wear face masks so much anymore. What should we all do with the extras when that happens?

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Friends & Family

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Someone decided to make a movie about our family! Which actors or actresses will play each of us?

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Imagination

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If you could master one skill overnight, without any work at all, what would it be?

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Current Events

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The presidential election is this week. What do you think would happen if we allowed kids to vote? Is that a good idea?

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Current Events

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If you ran for president one day, what would your campaign slogan be?

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Current Events

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What’s one thing that happened on election night that surprised or confused you?

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Current Events

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What would you change about our voting system if you could?

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Current Events

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Who is one person you know who should run for office in the future?

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History

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What do you know about what really happened at the first Thanksgiving?

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Food

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What’s up with turkey for Thanksgiving? What would your dream feast look like?

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Food

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What’s something special or unusual that our family likes to eat?

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Friends & Family

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If our family had a holiday to celebrate something unique about us, what would it be? (Ours would be National Teasing-Means-We-Love-Each-Other Day.)

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Food

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Desserts involving warm fruit (pie, cobbler, crumble, that kind of thing): yay or nay?

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Current Events

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What’s one thing you’ll miss about our normal holiday traditions this year, and one new thing you’re looking forward to?

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Current Events

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Holiday decorations: over the top, subtle, or none at all?

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Current Events

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Pick a winter holiday that your family doesn’t celebrate and learn about it together. (In addition to this week’s Kinda Guide with Christmas, Kwanzaa, and winter solstice traditions, recent editions have featured Hanukkah and Diwali, too.) What’s similar about this holiday to the ones you celebrate?

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Up for Debate

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When it comes to winter weather, are you a stay-in-by-the-fire kind of person, or a get-out-and-play-in-the-snow kind of person?

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Food

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What’s your favorite holiday food? If you ate it in the summer, would it taste the same?

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Current Events

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New Year’s resolutions: good motivation or too much pressure?

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Reflection

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What’s the one thing you’re looking forward to the most once life can go back to normal-ish?

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Reflection

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2020 wasn’t all bad, was it? Pick one thing you wouldn’t change about the year we just finished.

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Food

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Is it ever too cold to eat ice cream? Discuss.

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Up for Debate

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What’s your favorite kind of weather?

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Up for Debate

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What do you feel is the hardest job in the world and why?

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Imagination

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Imagine you’re the teacher tomorrow at school. What are 3 things you’d teach that you think would help make school more useful for one’s future?

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Reflection

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When someone is feeling stressed, what are 3 suggestions you’d share with them on how to feel less stressed?

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Reflection

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What do you do when you can’t sleep at night?

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Reflection

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How would you describe yourself in 5 words or less?

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Imagination

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If you had an audience of 20,000 people, which talent would you reveal?

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Imagination

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What would be the title of your autobiography?

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Food

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Which food best describes your personality?

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Reflection

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If you had to summarize today in one word, what word would you choose?

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Food

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Vegetables should or should not be allowed in desserts (carrot cake, zucchini bread, etc). Discuss.

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History

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What do you think the person who invented the sponge was trying to clean up when they came up with their new invention?

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Imagination

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What holiday would you invent?

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Imagination

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If you could invent a robot to do one of your chores for you, which chore would it be?

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Imagination

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It’s the year 2045. Would you rather have a jetpack or a hoverboard?

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Imagination

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You write a song that turns out to be a smash hit. What’s the title?

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Imagination

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What job would you be curious to try for one day?

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Imagination

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Imagine that you’re getting an animal tattooed on your arm. Which animal would you pick and why?

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Imagination

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If you could open one door in the whole world and see behind it, which door would you choose?

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Reflection

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What is the most amazing magic trick you have ever seen performed?

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Up for Debate

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What animal would make your ideal pet?

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Imagination

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You have a chance to win $1 million by answering a single trivia question correctly in a category of your choosing. Which category do you pick?

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Food

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Would you prefer to eat nothing but candy for a week or to eat no candy for a week?

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Food

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Which 3 other candies would you combine to invent a new candy?

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Imagination

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If you could remodel your bedroom, what would you include?

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Reflection

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What’s your most prized possession and why?

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Up for Debate

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Would you rather be the best player on a losing team or the worst player on a winning team?

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Reflection

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What are you most looking forward to about going back to school this year?

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Reflection

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What (if anything) are you nervous about?

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Reflection

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What’s one new thing you hope to learn or try this year that you haven’t ever done before?

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Reflection

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If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be and why?

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Reflection

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If you could switch places with a teacher or principal for a day, what rules would you make for your school?

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