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Any ideas for teaching inferences?
Old 10-26-2008, 04:34 AM
 
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I'm having my final evaluation this week and will be teaching inferences. Anyone have any great/fun activities you use to teach it? TIA!


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Old 10-27-2008, 02:58 AM
 
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I've had the children play a game we call "I'm packing my suitcase." They list what's inside as clues, then the others try to figure out where the first child is going. No telling where you're going, they must use the clues to infer the destination.
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Grab a collection of picture books from your media center and have students infer what story the author is trying to tell. They can make up the text for the book.
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We play charades. We have fun. Sometimes the student get it, sometimes they don't. Inferencing is so hard for 5th graders, though. I actually have a book of fun mini-lessons on inferencing that I use. I'll have to find it and post it up...
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Slam the door!
Old 10-28-2008, 09:37 AM
 
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I have walked into my room after all my students are inside, slammed the door, stormed over to my desk and made breathing noises very heavy. The kids are in shock, they don't know what's going on. I give them a few minutes, usually they stay very still and quiet. Then I break from character and talk about what just happened. I ask them what kinds of things did they think when this happened? What led them to determine I was angry? Why did you think I might have been angry? They love it every year. They are so taken aback by it, that they don't realize what is going on right away, yet they are thinking the whole time.


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That's EXACTLY how I start my charades game with the students!

However, I don't think they'd even notice this year.
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I use a couple of picture books that seem to work well. They are all by Chris Van Allsburg

The Wretched Stone
The Sweetest Fig
Two Bad Ants

I really like the idea of packing the suitcase!
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Inferring Ideas
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I use advertisements to teach inferring. We look for the messages that are being inferred through the ads. You can cover up the picture, and slowly expose parts of the picture so that the kids can change their thinking (and then later ask them how knowing more changed their thinking).

A few good read alouds to try;

Tight Times by Barbara Shook Hazen
A Story for Bear by Dennis Haseley
Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell
The Mysteries of the Monkey’s Maze by Doug Cushman
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
All Chris Van Allsburg Titles
Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti
Fireflies by Julie Brinkloe
Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting
Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger
Miss Maggie by Cynthia Rylant
Encounter by Jane Yolen
Dandelion by Eve Bunting
The Mary Celeste by Jane Yolen
Boss for a Week by Libby Handy
Charlie Anderson by Barbara Abercrombie
Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague
Late for School by Mike Reiss
Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
Creatures of Earth, Sea, and Sky by Georgia Heard
For the Good of the Earth and Sun by Georgia Heard
How Many Days to America? Eve Bunting
If You Listen by Charlotte Zolotow
Mother Earth, Father Sky selected by Jane Yolen
Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola
The Royal Bee by Frances Park and Ginger Park
Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
Where Are You Going, Manyoni? by Catherine Stock
Winter Fox by Catherine Stock
Encounter by Jane Yolen
Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
Shortcut by David McCaulay
Winter Fox by Catherine Stock
No, David! By David Shannon
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
My Dad’s Job by Peter Glassman
Black and White by David Macaulay
The Three Qestions by Jon J. Muth
The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland
The Mare’s Egg by Carole Spray
Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne
Tough Boris by Mem Fox
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
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mini-lessons on inferencing
Old 11-20-2008, 12:46 PM
 
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Hi there

You posted a message a while back about a book on mini-lessons about inferencing. I was wondering if you had the title of that book?
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Inferencing Skill
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Go to www.fcrr.org
Click on Teachers
Go to Grades 2/3 or 4/5 Student Activities
Click on Comprehension


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Thank you!
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Xcellent Approach Teaching Inferencing Skills
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Wow! You really know how to engage your students! I'm sure that's one lesson they remember and an important skill they learned! Bravo for using your instinct & creativity in your teaching!
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I would really be interested in the name of that book for inference games if you would be so kind as to find that.
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