Thanks, Victoria! This began as a single homework assignment for me too, but I found that my students would really get into the research. Over the years, I built it out, until we finally did this as a mini-unit last year.
I was surprised that many of my students told me that their favorite part of the study was reading the baby name books. They particularly loved reading the creative chapters about the impressions names make, "what's hot and what's not," and celebrity names. It also got them thinking about word origins, which then naturally extended into our word study/spelling work.
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