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!
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!
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!!