Saturday, January 7, 2012

Making Inferences...with my dog?!

My mom was right!  I am cute!

Yes!  And my kids loved it!  When I went in over break to organize my files I brought my dog, Scout, because he just loves to play in the big field behind our school.  It's great for me in the winter because he just runs and runs and I don't have to do much.

I snapped a photo of Scout when he was outside, and then I decided to take a tour of the school with him since nobody was there to take more pics of him. I put the pictures into PowerPoint, and then made a lesson where the kids had to use the clues in the pictures with what they knew in their schema about our school, and then make an inference about where Scout was.  Each one was pretty easy, but I wanted them to understand the concept with something easy, before heading into a book.

Scout visited the bathroom, cafeteria, gym, computer lab, office, library, said the Pledge of Allegiance to our school flag, and the playground.  The kids thought it was so much fun to see my dog at school!

Of course, I also played it up like he opened my class door and escaped, and we had to use clues to figure out where he went in the building before I finally found him.  Can you believe NONE of them asked who took the pictures! them!

Here is the sheet I used for the kids to write down the clues they saw in the picture, and the inference they made based on those clues.  I also added a blank one so if you wanted to take pictures of a stuffed animal, funny toy, or another object in your room, you could do that too!
Making Inferences Intro.


Kelsey said...

I LOVE that idea! My students always love looking at the picture of my dog on my desk and they line up at "Rocco" (a picture of my dog). What a great way to get students really engaged and interested!

Tammy said...

I don't have a dog, but I love this idea. I could use our stuffed Pete the Cat. Thanks for the idea!
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