Sunday, March 10, 2013

Super fun inferring lesson! {freebie}

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:

George Washington

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:

George Washington




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! :)


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! :)


  1. What a great lesson on inferring! We are getting ready to start inferring and this will be a great way to introduce it to my kiddos!! Thanks!!!

    The Price of Teaching

    1. It was a great way to introduce inferring- it really got my kids thinking about how it all works together! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I love this lesson! Thank you for sharing the freebie and idea! Definitely pinning this for future reference.

    Cheers To School

  3. I love your blog design! Thank you so much for the great anchor chart (poster)idea. I will be borrowing this for my classroom.
    First Grade Enigmas

    1. Thanks so much Donna! You can borrow away- I love that you found it helpful! :)

  4. Tori,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love this inferencing lesson. I've done similar things, but I like this spin. Pinning this for future reference. I am hosting a giveaway of my Leprechaun Craftivity and a few other AWESOME prizes so please swing by later this week to check it out!

    The Applicious Teacher

  5. Tori,
    LOVE this cutie-patootie idea! Thanks for sharing! :-)

    2nd Grade Pad

  6. Hi Tori. Thanks so much for dropping by my blog. That was sooooo sweet of you! I'm so glad you did because now I can follow your amazing blog! Love your inferencing idea!!! So happy to find a new blog to stalk ;).


    1. Awww thanks Anna! I love finding other second grade teachers! :)

  7. Hi Tori. Thanks for visiting my blog. I really love this lesson. I teach Kinder, but I can see that this will be easy to modify for my class. So thank you!

    Sommer Pride

  8. I absolutely love this. I have seen tons of ideas like this, but none as cute. I appreciate you sharing. I enjoyed reading and look forward to trying this out myself!!

  9. This is great!! I can hear my kids roaring with laughter about why there wouldn't be an elephant in the shoe box.
    I love your blog, and I'm your newest follower!

    Owl About Us

  10. Thanks for the shout out! Looks like your kiddos did great!!! :)

  11. Hi
    What a great lesson! Thanks for sharing it! I can see my kids really enjoying this. I'm off to check out more of your tips and tricks! Great blog - I'm your newest follower!

    Laura ~ First Grade Spies

  12. What a great idea! My kids love guessing games too...thanks for sharing:)

  13. What a great blog. I found your blog on the TPT thread..So many good ideas, I always love teaching inferencing!
    I would love for you to come and check out my blog.

    Thank you!

  14. This is a fantastic activity. I know the kids will love it because it involves a guessing game aspect to it!
    Thanks for sharing the activity!
    Oh, How Pintearesting!

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