In my classroom, we begin each day with a morning meeting where we sit on the carpet in a circle. During the meeting, I explain the day’s schedule and upcoming events. I also pose a question like, “What did you do over the weekend?” or “Would you rather live on the beach or on a mountain?” or “If two students are arguing over who can use a swing on the playground, how would you help them solve their problems?” These questions give us a chance to connect as a class and help everyone to get to know each other better.
Tuesday’s question was, “If you could go to any fictional place from a show, movie, or book for the summer break, where would you go?”
I have several answers to the question depending on my mood.
My answer in class was Narnia. I’m currently reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobewith my daughter. Staying in Car Paravel, eating dinner with the Beavers, and drinking tea with Mr. Tumnus sounds like a relaxing way to spend the summer (although hopefully at this point it wouldn’t be forever winter). Most of all, I want to meet Aslan, hear him roar, and ride on his back. I would love to see the beautiful sights in Narnia but meeting the characters would probably be the best part.
Popular student answers included Pyrrhia from the Wings of Fire series (Who wouldn’t want to hang out in a land full of dragons? Well, me.), Wakanda from the Avengers (A definite dream world for all those tech-loving types. Wakanda Forever!), and Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series (This would be amazing but only if I wasn’t a Squib. I’d want to do magic!).
When I ask the question again next year, I think my answer will be Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. I love candy. Drinking from the chocolate river, eating the creamy mushrooms, and zipping around in the glass elevator all summer break sounds like a dream come true. (My dentist might not agree with this plan.)
When discussing the questions with some of my friends, I answered the University from the The Name of the Wind. I’d love to walk the hallways where Kvothe is learning Sympathy, Artificery, Alchemy, and Naming. I’d love to learn all the magic too! Sitting in on lectures and getting introduced to Auri sounds like an out of this world summer vacation.
If you could go to any fictional place from a show, movie, or book for summer break (let’s pretend we all get one), where would you go? What would you be excited to see or do there? Leave your answers in the comments below.