I saw this neat idea for teaching inferencing over at The Inspired Apple
which I altered slightly to suit the needs of my learners.
I grabbed myself a tennis ball and wrote a series of clues to help students infer what might be hiding in my mystery box. One by one, I revealed each clue and my students took turns to guess what might be inside the box. I had to giggle at some of their suggestions – especially the chocolate one (they often caught me sneaking a little chocolate on the oval).
We discussed some of the guesses and what background knowledge we were using to make the guesses. We also spoke about how some of our guesses couldn’t be correct after revealing each clue.
After all four clues had been revealed, students went to their desks to draw and write about what they thought might be hiding in my mystery box.
It was such a simple activity, yet so fun for the students! I even caught a small group of students playing a similar game during Learning Play later that week. That’s what I call a successful learning activity!
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