Thursday, July 2, 2015

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Goals for the Summer!!

When school ended for the summer, I had several goals in mind to accomplish this summer.  I know the summer is well underway!  Jeesh, it's already July and I'm still trying to get into a routine!! But, I am working on my goals!!!

Goal #1 -  To get our house plans drawn well enough that my husband and his class could start building in the fall (well, they're kind of done) :0)   Currently, we are waiting for Ameren to come move our transformer and underground electric line

Goal #2 - Revamp my blog!  I can honestly say this goal is well underway!  Yeah, thank you Dani over at Crayon Box Designs!!  Can't wait to see my new look!  This is something I've needed to do for a long time, but just kept putting it off.

Goal #3 - Look over my TPT Store and redo some of my earlier units and packets.  So far, I've redone about 5 of them.  Who knew this would be such a process, lol.  My fault I know because I want them to be eye catching and appealing.  And, most of them are "freebies"!!  You'll have to check them out!

Goal #4 - ????  I have so many ideas floating around in my head it's hard to sleep sometimes!  I'm afraid to write down more than 3 goals.  I don't want to neglect any of them.  Maybe once I get one checked off the list, I'll share my next ones with you!!

My students love playing "Hedbanz" by Spin Master Games and this game reinforces "questioning" and "inferring" two of the comprehension strategies we work on throughout the year.  So, I created the following cards for a "holiday" version of the game.  Playing is quite simple.  After dealing one card and three chips to each player, take your card and place it in your adjustable headband without peeking.  You could also just regular cotton elastic headbands and paper clip the card to the front.  When it's your turn, ask each player a question about who, or what, you are ("Am I a food"?)  If you get stuck, the sample question cards offer tips on the types of questions you might ask.  A variation of the game would be for the child with the card to give clues to his/her classmates one clue at a time.  Each child guesses who, where or who the person giving clues might be.  If no one guesses after the first clue the child giving clues gives an additional clue to the group until someone guesses the correct answer.
 Understanding how to infer or make an inference from text is often difficult for children.  However, children make inferences all the time without realizing exactly what they are doing.  It is important to share with them that making inferences is like being a detective.  You look at all the evidence or clues and put them together to come up with an idea about a situation.  I explain to my students that often writers do not state the way a character feels or what's happening in the story explicitly.  Instead, they include details and we as readers must use these details to make inferences about what's occurring in the story.  When you infer, you use observations, prior knowledge, experiences and details from the text to make connections and come up with ideas.  The following movement cards are a great way to introduce children to inferring!

This activity is similar to charades with students pantomiming or acting out a word or phrase on their movement chard without speaking.  For example, "catching a fish".  The child might pretend to be casting out their line and then reeling in a fish.  The child pantomiming the action calls on his/her peers to infer what they think the action is, based on the clues of the movement.  For example, the child might answer, "I infer you are fishing, because you were casting out your line and reeling in a fish".

For now, enjoy these 2 updated "freebies" by clicking on the pictures!  The picture will take you over to my TPT Store.  Please leave feedback to earn credits!!

Have a great day!!  And, if you live in Illinois enjoy the sunshine!!!

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