Saturday, November 17, 2012

Inference Detectives: Fun on the Farm! {Rule-Breaker!}

Okay, I really TRY not to post twice in a day, because I realize it can get confusing!  I'm sorry friends!  (If you want to read my post from earlier today and try to win a fabulous teaching tool, you can find that HERE!)  I just realized that I totally forgot to add a little footnote about a new resource called Inference Detectives: Fun on the Farm!  It's a unit I put together last week to work a little harder on inferring.  I've noticed that many kiddos are still struggling with making those connections, so I wanted to have a way to make it a little more fun and add a little fall flair to the lesson while I was at it!  Unfortunately, we didn't have time to fit it in last week with all of our extras, but I am going to make it a point to fit the lesson in before we leave for Thanksgiving!   I am determined!!!!  I usually wait until after I use a product myself... but since it's almost the end of November, I wanted to get this out there faster.  Before you know it, snowflakes will be falling, so I am trying to cram in all of the fall fun I can in the meantime... although techinicaly... I think I could use this in the spring too!

 I wrote my own little original song to introduce this... to the tune of Old McDonald!

  The whole group part of the lesson centers around the following posters that could easily displayed on a SMARTboard, Promethean, or other projection device for whole group discussions.  :)  A corresponding recording sheet that goes along with the lesson and includes a reflection piece.

I also gave my inferring sentence stems poster a teeny tiny face lift by making it festive and autumn-themed.  :)  As an additional resource, I created sentence stem strips to use with my kiddos.  I figured I could build on the whole group lesson by creating an anchor chart or I could use the strips in a pocket chart to write inferences on sentence strips!  I think I'm actually going to go the second route using stories that we're already studying in class to reinforce the skill.  For that reason, I also included two additional inferring sheets that can be used with almost any book! 

I'm super excited!!!   I hope you'll forgive my double post!!!  As always friends, have a great day!!!


  1. Wow, these are super! Thanks for putting this together! Love how it can be used in small reading groups, & small group conversations!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  2. Amanda, this product looks wonderful! Inferring is a difficult skill... I love how you've mapped it out to make it very clear to the students what they are doing and how they are getting there!


  3. Amanda, you are always so creative! I was looking through my file cabinet this week and realized I have oodles of your products!! Keep up the good work!!

  4. Looks great! I love how creative you are!

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  6. Hi Amanda,
    I just love teaching inference and these activities look awesome! I was just stopping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition