Monday, September 1, 2014

Life in 5th Grade...and Inference!

I am back in the blogging world! I have decided that I need to become more active and blog about my teaching! I am now teaching 5th Grade in a Laboratory School. My kids have their own laptops which they are required to bring every day.

With that said...last week we talked about inference. (We previously and very briefly as it was a review covered Non-Fiction Text Features and Genres)

I found on the internet inferring using the text The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg. I honestly had never read this book, but fell in love with it as I read it with my kids. A good reference I found after the lesson was from Teaching With Blonde Ambition. We read the text together and made our inferences together as a class.

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

The following day we dove into The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Can Allsburg. My kids love these as well! I gave them a table with 4 columns. The columns were Picture Title- What I Observed, What I Wonder, What I Infer. They had to fill it out on their computer and submit it to me online. HERE is a copy of the recording sheet I used.

Up next for inferring...Inference Detectives from my TPT store. To be followed by inferring with direct quotes from the text. I see the direct quoting part taking me all week. Wish me luck! What do you use for teaching inference??  I also can't wait to use Harris Burdick for writing mysteries!!

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