Sample questions include:
If everyone in your family became dogs, what kind of dogs would they be? Why?
If you could have chosen your own first name, what would it be?
On Tuesdays and Thursdays the teachers choose a card and assign the question for homework. Students are expected to talk with their family about the question and then share the answers during class the following day. Both the students who shared and those who listened were very engaged in the conversation. What a great way to tie in family backgrounds and cultures and work on communication skills!
Thanks, Laura and Derek, for allowing me to share your idea with others!