Favorite author and book: “Big Nate” by Lincoln Peirce took top book honors from these avid readers. J.K. Rowling was mentioned most as a favorite author, but each of the students who named her chose a different “Harry Potter” book. Authors Rick Riordan, Jeff Kinney and Roald Dahl also had several votes.
Favorite TV show: The animated “Phineas and Ferb” and the comedy “Jessie,” both on the Disney Channel, tied for favorite show. Others receiving votes included “The Pink Panther” and “The Voice.”
Favorite field trip: Another tie. Students enjoyed both their visit to Annapolis, where they saw the Maryland State House, and an overnight trip to Catoctin Mountain Park. An ice skating field trip came in third.
Favorite game: The video game “Gunship” narrowly won. Other choices included “Apples to Apples” and “Temple Run.”
Favorite professional sport or youth sport: Soccer edged out baseball, football, lacrosse and ice skating, which each received two votes.
Favorite Web site: Three sites were favored: Gamestar Mechanic, Coolmath and Wikipedia. Other vote-getters were American Girl, YouTube and Moshi Monsters.
Favorite club or hobby: Reading was the hands-down favorite hobby for these students. A few other interests included drama and nature clubs, singing, Legos and playing on a tablet.
Favorite food to have on your birthday: These kids would eat pizza or macaroni and cheese. Ice cream, cake or an ice cream cake were top sweets. Most unusual choice: Caprese salad (tomato, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil drizzled with olive oil).
What do you want to be when you grow up?
“Engineer” narrowly won for top career choice. Second place was a tie among “lawyer,” “teacher” and “author/illustrator.” Other interesting choices were “inventor,” “firefighter” and “forest ranger.”
What’s the world’s biggest problem, and what can kids do to help solve it?
“Global warming” received the most votes. Kids urged their peers to use less energy and “tell parents to drive cars as little as possible.” “Crime” came in second. Students suggested better communication with police to reduce crime. And “war” came in third. How to end wars? Kids should “send the local congressperson
a letter and have him make a law that says no more war,” one student wrote.