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What Can You Infer?

Recently we have been working on learning to infer when authors do not tell us everything that is going on with the characters in a story.  This can be a difficult skill to master, especially for some of my struggling readers.  I found these two great activities from Abby at The Inspired Apple.  She made the super cute What's In My Teacher's Bag and What's In My Teacher's Trash.  
I first told my students they were going to get to go through my purse and by using the clues in my purse, they could figure out (infer) some things about me.  Oh, you would have thought that I had just given them the keys to Disney World!!  They were so excited to go through my purse!  Seeing this excitement led to a conversation on how this was a special occasion and they could NEVER do that to any other teacher's purse ( I could just imagine them being caught going through another teacher's purse and saying that I taught them to do that).  After we set the ground rules, they each took a turn looking in and pulling something out.  After examining what they pulled out, they then thought about the clue and what it could mean about me.  
Next, we did the activity What's In My Teacher's Trash.  They were more hesitant when I told them they would go through my trash!  I did explain that this was clean trash and that they should NEVER go through the trash- again that this was a special occasion.  
I must admit, we all had a good time learning how to infer with one of my old purses and my trash!  But now that I had introduced the skill and they had some practice with it, it was time to put it into practice with books!
No, David!, David Goes To School, and Farmer Duck are great books to practice finding clues that the author gives us and figuring out what they might mean.  Of course, all the students love the David books.  The part where he needs to go to the bathroom (one student said the clue here was that he was doing the potty dance!) was especially popular.  We looked for clues and what they might mean even though the author didn't tell us all that was going on.  I am proud to say, we got pretty good at figuring out what the author didn't tell us.
Here is the inferences paper if you could use it with your students.






17 comments:

  1. That is a totally awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Angela
    The Daily Alphabet

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  2. Thanks for stopping by Lori! I hope your kiddos WIPE OUT the MAP! These inferences resources are aweomse!
    Amy
    3 Teacher Chicks

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  3. Love these ideas! Thanks for sharing! :)

    -Julie

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  4. Great post with great ideas! Don't you love how we have to give them the don't-try-this-at-home speech in certain situations. :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  5. Love this idea!! Thanks for sharing:)

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  6. I purchased Abby's Snow Day inference pack with intentions of using it next year. I think she has some really great ideas to teach such a difficult concept! I like how you introduced the first lesson before jumping into a book. I bet they really get it now!

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  7. Thank you Angela and Amy! We had a good time with this!

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  8. Julie, Tammy, and Tammy SF- thanks again for coming by to see my ideas and leaving me a comment!

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  9. I agree Angela, Abby has great inference activities! The kids had a great time with these and really learned what inferencing was all about!

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  10. Seriously - what a cute idea!!! I must adapt this for my 5th graders. They have a hard time with inference as well. Thank you for sharing.

    Katie
    Mrs. Lyon's Blog - Teaching: The Art of Possibility

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  11. Thank you Katie! I agree, inferences can be difficult for students.

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  12. I LOVE the teacher's purse inferences! What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing:)

    Ellen
    greatfirstgradeexpectations.blogspot.com/

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  13. Thank you Ellen! We had a lot of fun learning about inferences!

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  14. Neat idea! I can only imagine the looks of glee on those sweet little faces when they realized they got to pick through your PURSE! :) I bet this is a lesson they will never forget. I'm pinning this so I don't forget to do it next time I teach inference! :)

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  15. Thanks so much Mrs. K! They were just so excited. :)

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  16. Love your idea!! Would you please share your worksheet with the purse and trash can?

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  17. Shoda, thank you so much! Near the top of this post is a link where you can find these great activity sheets-Inspired Apple. I found her through Pinterest. Thank you so much for coming by!

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