Thank you so very much for taking the time to respond! Forgive me for taking four forevers to get back to you. I've been running here and there and battling burnout. That said, wouldn't you know, I didn't have to teach inferencing today because my cherubs are busy playing catch-up! Poor lil' puddin's didn't even get to go to recess today!
Your ideas are GREAT, and please don't mind if I use them! I'm going to play that game with them, and, as an intro (because I'm a chic teacher
) I'm going to intro the lesson with this:
(The shortened version)
Author Long Forgotten
A man had been travelling for days and days from California to Georgia (or wherever, as long as it's far). He was so tired from driving that he decided to check into a hotel. The hotel looked as though it had been abandoned for ages. He parked his car and rapped lightly on the door. Slowwwwwwly, it creaked open (Have the cherubs help with the sound effects). From nowhere, he heard a wheezing voice whisper "Come in". He did. "Um, sir? I've come for a room. (insert gulping noise here, like he's afraid". "Very well. Room 423 (pick a number, it doesn't matter)." A rusty key slides across the floor and he picks it up. He makes his way to his room and takes a shower. While he is in the shower, he hears whispering, but he decides to ignore it. He gets out of the shower and climbs into bed. He closes his eyes and falls asleep. (Insert cartoon-ish snoring here...Again, have the cherubs to help with the sound effects, as it keeps them enthralled). Suddenly, he hears movement and he opens his eyes. In the darkness, he hears a coffin coming across the floor. He pulls the covers over his eyes. The coffin gets closer...and closer...and closer... Quickly, he reaches into the nightstand drawer and grabs the only thing he could find: a handful of cough drops. As the coffin gets closer, it reaches the end of the bed. The man throws the cough drops at the approaching coffin and...
What happens next?
Wait for it...
THE COFFIN STOPPED!!!!! (Please don't throw your tomatoes!)
Hey, I'm not a comedian, but I know funny. I remember hearing that story when I was in the 3rd grade and never forgot it! I can't remember the name of the book that it came from, but still, I thought it would be kind of cute as a lead-in to inferencing.
(Still laughing) So, combined with your idea and my corny little story, do you think that would be OK? Thanks!