So as we wrap up the school year my 5th grade group is working on inferenceing! Let me tell ya, it can be a challenge. BUT....thanks to some awesome teachers who I got some great products from we've had a great time digging deeper into our thinking and using clues to help us infer! Here's what we've been doing.....

First I got this great activity from The Clutter Free Classroom, 
It was so much fun!! My students loved it and most importantly it got them really thinking about good inferences!

I sent out a little packet (all included and explained in the above product) to several other teachers asking them to send us a letter with three clues about them. It was so much fun getting mail! The kids were so excited each day a new envelope arrived!
We have mail!!! Each envelope contained three clues that would help us infer who might have sent the letter to us, and the letter to my students!
Three clues from one of our packages! We had some great inferring going on trying to figure out who the cubs fan that liked fishing and basketball was!!
I put these charts up on the board (there are better charts included in the product but I didn't have time to get them together properly so I just went with these). Then we took out each clue and examined it. We used each clue to make inferences about who we thought sent the package. Our inferences changed as we discovered more about out mystery mailer with each new clue!
Three clues from our Art Teacher!! She is getting married soon, she taught in Africa, and she included a paint set!  They were not sure until they saw the paint! It was great seeing how much they knew about a teacher they have had over several years.
 Three clues from our AP, she gave all the kids gum during ISTEP testing, that was the clue that had them guessing correctly! Again great inferences were being made all along the way and the kids were very excited about it!!
 We used the recording sheet from the packet to record our inferences and make a guess who the letter was from. Then we read the letter and found out if we were right!!
After the first couple of letters I changed up the way we looked at our clues to keep the excitement going and to keep the group on task. One day we played "pass the plate" a game I got from Anne Benninghoff. We sat in a circle, each student was given a dry erase marker, and I showed them one clue. Without talking they were asked to think of some inferences they could make from the clue. Then I started the plate going around the circle. Each person had to write a one word inference and they could not repeat any thing their classmates had already written. It worked great!! The plates wipe off and can be sued over and over again! 

The next day I divided the students into three groups and gave each group one clue they had to make inference about. Then new grips were formed with at least on person from each clue group to shar what their clue was and what the group thought about it. The new groups guessed who they thought wrote the letter before it was read!

We had a wonderful time with this activity! I can see it being adapted format other grade levels and I plan on using it again and again!! I love finding great resources from other great teachers!! 

I'll be back with more on infer envying later this week! Only 7 more days of school here!! The end is near! I am ready for summer!! 
I finally did it! I finished the May Fluency Pack just a few days late! I am loving this set for end of the year practice. It's got some fun poems and reading passages to help celebrate summer. Click on the pictures below to check it out in my store!
I am offering two of my Readers Theaters partner reading activities here as a freebie in appreciation of all you amazing teachers who work so hard and generously give to others. Blogging has made me a better teacher and all of you have had a part in that! Thank you for everything!I hope this freebie will be useful to you!! Click on the cover below to get the activity!

My entire sale will also be on sale this Tuesday and Wednesday May 7th and 8th! Along with many other stores! It's a great chance to get some great activities to finish out the year strong or stock up for next year!
Special thanks to Beth of Zip-a-dee-doo-dah Designs for making this adorable sales graphic. Check out her store for some amazing deals and the cutest clip art!!

Hope you all had a great weekend! Only two more Mondays here before summer break!!
It is May, we have 19 days of school left, how did this happen already??? I don't know but it did, and here it is time to link up with Farley again! Here is what I am up to currently........
My husband and son are cracking me up talking about how to talk to girls! Oh the joys of raising teenagers!

I have been so enjoying the gorgeous weather, the sunshine is so refreshing! I have loved my ride home each day with the windows down and my sun glasses on!!

Yep, feeling the summeritise right along with many of you all, and so are my students! I know we are getting close but it is way to soon to be shutting down as much as they have been! I feel like I've been giving my "finish strong" speech more than once a day every day this week!

I am wanting to go shopping! I want some nice cool skirts for summer time :) That sunshine has me feeling like a wardrobe change is in order!

I NEED to get some things finished up, my May fluency center for one, all creativeness has been zapped from my brain at this point and I just haven't been able to crank out the poetry yet! I am working on it this weekend, promise!!

My summer bucket list this year includes lots of relaxing, enjoying the time off, reading good books, and vacationing with my family! Last year we moved and I spent the summer unpacking, searching for a job and interviewing! This year I am so happy to have an amazing job and looking forward to just enjoying where we are!!

Head on over to Farley's blog and see what everyone else is doing....

Happy Friday Tomorrow!!
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