3. "Only Music Will Tell" In small groups of 3-4, I had my students create a short musical to describe their school year from September from May. They had to choose three songs that they felt were best related to the school year and they were told to incorporate those songs into the play. They had a great time and as the musical came to a pause; it was quite suspenseful to see what song they were going to play next.
I had each of my students design five fun original award certificates and the class voted on each award. I made sure they were fun; but not harmful or insulting in any way.