Well, since I don't have a restaurant at my disposal in the classroom, I took my 6th graders on a Conversation Scavenger Hunt. We strolled with our Writer's Notebooks down the hall just listening. We hadn't gotten far when we heard, "He's afraid of me!" and "It's a bear." and "Whoops! You caught me texting!" and "Wooooo hoooo! I'm numer 4!"
I had seven or eight bits and pieces of conversation in my own notebook before we reached the other side of the building. When we got back to the room I gave them a few minutes to mix & match their swatches and put together some conversations. The kids had a great time with this and we had fun hearing each other's "combined" conversations at the end of class. Can't wait to try some more new ideas out tomorrow!