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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What's in my Teacher's Bag?

Thanks to Ms. Roach, we in 3rd grade had an awesome lesson on inferring. Students were posed this question:
What is in your teacher's bag?

We started by defining what it means to infer: to take what you already know + what you read or information that is introduced to you = make an inference!

I asked my students what they already knew about me. They listed things like:
1. I am a parent
2. I am a teacher
3. I am nice/ mean/ crazy
4. I like to change students' behavior colors and punish kids Yep. ;)

Take everything they said, and now use what you know to infer what I would have in my purse.

Here is our chart.

Students had to defend their thoughts.
Why would I need a sword? For protection. (From whom? A ninja?)
Why would I carry soap? To wash (down by the creek I guess, since I'm so country)
Why would I carry a knife? Because you're crazy. (That was a real question and answer)

I seriously wonder about what goes on in my students' heads sometimes.

But, as you can see, they did get a few right! The red checks show what things I did actually have in my bag.

Now the other teachers have these cute posters with cute pictures. I never claimed cuteness. I did use the worksheet that Ms. Roach included in her lesson plans, but since I don't know where she found it, I can't share the link. I will go around and get some pictures of the other posters so you can see how well our 3rd graders did!

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