Hey everyone! Happy Sunday!
So only in Chicago can it snow 7" and a few days later warm up to 50 degrees and melt it all away. My son is so sad watching all the snow melt into giant puddles :) (me-- secretly happy!)
A few weeks back I posted about some Inference activities and I had an amazing blogger comment that she had just posted a fun activity too! Well I am so glad that she mentioned it because we tried it out and it was SO MUCH FUN!
Mrs. Lynes at Simply Second Grade had a cute and simple activity that you can do very easily... and I have the sheet for you too!
So I started off creating this poster- yes I made it fast :)
I decided not to introduce the word "schema" but instead called it use your brain. :)
We talked about how you need both to help with inferring.
Then I showed them a shoe box and ask them what was inside.
It was fun to hear their responses... I got everything from shoes to our "scratch off cards" that I give out as rewards.
I asked why they didn't say elephant or car? They laughed saying that would never fit in the box. "Ohhhh so you used your "brain" to decide what could fit into the box!" "yes!" they said. :) I said, "do you think that something else might help us decide what is in the box?" Of course because they could figure out where the lesson was going they said... "yes, CLUES!" :)
So then I passed them out one clue.
It was a clue like this:
So I asked again, what is in the box?
I had a lot of blank stares. ;)
So I asked, would it help to get more clues? Does sometimes reading on give you more clues? There was a unanimous YES! So I said to walk around until you find 3 people with a different clue than yours.
Here are ALL 4 clues:
Guess it?? :)
The kids then wrote the clues on this sheet:
And were able to infer that it was a ....
(sorry for the terrible picture!)
There were so many great lessons here:
~What is inferring
~I need both clues and my brain to infer
~Sometimes I need more clues to help me
~The clues work together to help me figure it out
So much fun!!
Click the picture below to get the sheet we used:
Thanks Jamie for helping me make this!
Before I go, I have to give a special shout out to my teammates who may be reading this. They wanted to get my blog updates by email (you can do that too! :)
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Hi to Laura, Jamie, and Lois... you guys are GREAT and I admire all you do every day for our students! I LOOOOOOve working with you! :)
(Lois, I need a pic of you! :)