Making Inferences - Ideas for using pictures and games - so much fun!
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Making Inferences | Minds in Bloom - my guest post on Minds in Bloom about using close-up pictures to introduce the reading skill of making inferences.
Making Inferences - Ideas for using pictures and games - so much fun and so effective!
Teaching inferences. Nice ideas!
Making Inferences - Minds in Bloom
Making Inferences | Minds in Bloom
The Lived-Through Experience of Literature: from Literacy, Families, and Learning Blog
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Literacy, families and learning: The Lived Through Experience of Literature: What Brain Research is Teaching Us
Literacy, families and learning: The Lived Through Experience of Literature: What Brain Research is Teaching Us
Blog post with free text: Making Inferences in Nonfiction
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In My Classroom: The Forest and the Trees: Making Inferences in Nonfiction
In My Classroom: The Forest and the Trees: Making Inferences in Nonfiction
Good read aloud to share with struggling readers; builds context and situations for character inferences
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For the Duration: the War Years (A 26 Fairmount Avenue Book) by Tomie dePaola http://www.amazon.com/dp/0399252096/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_3RRnvb03PDRJV
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Lots of opportunities for inferences in this short picture book.
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Teaching Text Structures: Chronological Order; A House Spider's Life (Nature Upclose) by John Himmelman,
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A House Spider's Life (Nature Upclose) Chronological order
Questions to help students think about characters--can go way beyond just identifying character names!
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This summer, as I've listened to the last of the Harry Potter series and started The Lost Hero with my family, I've enjoyed our conversations about the characters, the conflicts, and the setting. Each year, I try to replicate these kinds of conversations in my classroom. Teaching story elements is a great way to begin. When kids can identify story elements, they can pick out the parts of the story that fit together and start to talk about them coherently. Who are the characters? What is the setting? What is the main problem in the story? Of course, teaching story elements needs to go much deeper than simple identification. Filling out a story map quickly becomes a dull classroom routine without an inspiring conversation to go along with it. In fourth grade, I like to ask students provoking questions about characters. These questions stimulate our discussion and help students to see story elements as being more than just disassembling a story. When we have these conversations, I can judge from student responses where to go next. Sometimes I do hear the sound of crickets. This tells me that I've tried to move too far too fast, and that kids need some time before we can have this particular conversation. Sometimes their responses remind me of a fabulous book that I just have to share--a character who is similar to one of their favorites, or a character who acts the opposite of what is expected. Most importantly, these kinds of questions bring a spark of "what if?" to our classroom...a spark that lights up the room with the love of reading. Notes -My Story Elements PowerPoint is a classic that I do come back to, year after year. -I wrote some fun Story Elements Readers Theatre scripts for my students to share. -You can try out the activity Camping Together for free over on Frolyc. Try it out if you have student iPads! (The story is also available in my Visualizing packet.) -Analyzing Story Elements is finally ready. Four new stories with before reading pages, questions, and activities to help students understand and analyze story elements. Tweet
Two letters at the end of the book invite readers to rethink the entire plot...Santa Calls by William Joyce
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Santa Calls by William Joyce. A wonderful Christmas story and a modern classic. When my god-daughter was just past two years old, this was her favorite book. She would ask me to read it over and over and she was fascinated by the sumptuous illustrations by author William Joyce.
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A wonderful Christmas story! Santa Calls by William Joyce
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1993 Hardcover 4vo. First edition (stated) Interior clean;binding tight. Boards bright. Dust jacket has some shelf wear. Protected in mylar sleeve. Remainder mark on bottom. Title: Santa Calls Publisher: Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: Harpercollins Childrens Books Publication Date: 1993 Binding: Hardcover Book Condition: Very Good Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Edition: 1st Edition Synopsis: The best of the old, the best of the new, the best that is yet to be--that's how the great Polar City, home of Santa, is described by a young inventor and crime-fighter who, with his sister and friend, journeys north by special invitation from Santa himself. A Christmas extravaganza by the author of Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo. Full-color illustrations
Best Children's Picture Books for Christmas: A Comprehensive List With Reviews
Several years ago I wanted to establish some memorable Christmas traditions with my young and growing family. My collection of Christmas-themed children's picture books grew out of a desire to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in my home. In this hub I share my favorite selections from my collection.
Still recovering from the time change? This story will cheer you up! The Detroit Symphony Orchestra took a break from playing in their city's concert hall, which has some of the best acoustics of any performance venue in the country, to give an impromptu concert to IKEA shoppers: http://ow.ly/uqtjL
Discuss multiple character emotions with this video--how do the different people respond to the unexpected music?
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World Class Detroit Symphony Orchestra is conducting 2 performances in Canton as part of their community series, so they promoted the concerts by conducting a flash mob at the Canton IKEA
This is so cool - the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's "Ode to Joy" flash mob at IKEA in Canton, Michigan.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs during a flash mob at IKEA in Canton.Why wasn't I there?!?!
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs during a flash mob at IKEA in Canton.
Wouldn't it be great....if art was always around us? #art #music
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Ode to Jöy: IKEA Flashmob DSO with David Buck on flute.
Ode to Jöy: IKEA Flashmob Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Enjoy this Throwback Thursday video! On a winter's day in January 2014, Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians surprised shoppers at IKEA Canton with a Beethov...
Tips for helping students to understand dialogue
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In My Classroom: The Forest and the Trees: Start the School Year with a Focus on Dialogue
"Waiting for a White Knight" in this book is a great story for teaching visualizing and changing visual images. Fire and Wings: Dragon Tales from East and West
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Fire and Wings: Dragon Tales from East and West: Marianne Carus, Nilesh Mistry, Jane Yolen:
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Fire and Wings: Dragon Tales from East and West [Marianne Carus, Nilesh Mistry, Jane Yolen] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Newbery Award winner Jane Yolen’s enchanting preface Dragons: An Unnatural History” introduces this collection of 15 dragon stories from England
Tight Times (Picture Puffins) by Barbara Shook Hazen
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Tight Times (Picture Puffins) by Barbara Shook Hazen. $5.99. Publisher: Puffin Books (July 11, 1983). Reading level: Ages 5 and up. Author: Barbara Shook Hazen. Series - Picture Puffins. Publication: July 11, 1983
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Tight Times (Picture Puffins) by Barbara Shook Hazen suggested in Writing Workshop by Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi
Tight Times (Picture Puffins): Barbara Shook Hazen, Trina Schart Hyman
Those Shoes [Maribeth Boelts, Noah Z. Jones] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. "In this witty, wise picture book, Boelts presents a kid’s-eye view of a consumer fad that rages through school at gale force." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review) All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes
While it’s true that each and every book children read requires them to infer—to fill in the gaps the author left—there are some books that really get kids thinking about why a character is feeling and behaving as he is. Two of my favorites are Tight Times by Barbara Hazen Shook and Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts. Tight Times is an oldie but goodie. So old that many of you were not even born when it was first published back in 1979. Imagine! However, it’s a book that every elementary-grade teacher should be familiar with, especially if you collect realistic picture books that kids can relate to and get them thinking. Here we have a young boy who wants a dog but since his family is going through “tight times” no amount of pleading can convince his mom and dad to let him have one. There are abundant opportunities for readers to infer, e.g., why the family has to eat lima beans so often instead of roast beef, why the dad comes home in the middle of the day looking so sad, why his mom and dad start to cry and make a sandwich hug with him in the middle, and why he starts to cry too? This family, although low on funds, is high on love. Interestingly enough, Those Shoes is also about a boy desperately wanting something—in this case, black sneakers with white stripes—so he can fit in with the kids at school. However, his grandma only has money for things Jeremy needs, not things he wants. Readers have to infer how he’s feeling, why Antonio is the only classmate who doesn’t laugh at the velcro sneakers the guidance counselor gives him to replace his shoes that fell apart, why he tries so hard to fight his instinct to eventually give the too small shoes he and his grandma found in a thrift show to Antonio who has smaller feet. In both books, readers have to work to fill in the gaps so they can understand the character’s dilemma and then celebrate its resolution. I’m going to start a new list in the right-hand column of fiction and nonfiction books that do an especially good job of providing opportunities for kids to infer. I hope you’ll also add to this list by writing in your favorite titles in the comment box.
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The Goldilocks Variations: A Pop-up Book by Allan Ahlberg
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GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS AND THE 33 BEARS AND THE BLIIM AND THE FURNITURE by Allan Ahlberg The kindergarten at my school are well versed in original fairy tale. The students are now ready to expand those tales, and this book is a must read! Don't miss this one! http://catalog.cincinnatilibrary.org/iii/encore/search/C__Sahlberg%2C%20allan__Orightresult__U1?lang=eng=cobalt
THE GOLDILOCKS VARIATIONS by Jessica and Alan Ahlberg. Creator of the JOLLY POSTMAN teams up with his daughter to bring us this fantastic fairy tale that is more than a pop-up.
A new, spectacular fairy tale extravaganza by the Ahlbergs--this time father and daughter. Marvelous for all the reasons Ahlberg books rule, AND because they work in the idea that folktales vary and are awesome because of that. May they collaborate on many more books!!!
THE GOLDILOCKS VARIATIONS by Jessica and Alan Ahlberg. In 1986 Janet and Alan Ahlberg, after years of work, created one of the all-time-best books ever, THE JOLLY POSTMAN. Janet, the artist, died in 1994 but her daughter Jessica has evolved into a brilliant picture book illustrator in her own right and teamed up with her Dad to bring us this amazing book! More than fairy tale, more than a pop-up. A great book for this gift giving season ahead...
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A Finder's Magic by Philippa Pearce
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A Finder's Magic by Philippa Pearce, illustrated by Helen Craig A boy who loses his dog meets a mysterious stranger and has a surprising adventure in an enchanting tale from a stellar author-illustrator team.
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An Octopus at Home - an activity I authored on Frolyc. Frolyc - Create. Publish. Inspire!
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Does an octopus make a good pet? Students can find out with this interactive iPad activity.
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Black Bears and People - an activity I authored on Frolyc. Frolyc - Create. Publish. Inspire!
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A good book for character emotions, setting details, and how the setting contributes to the conflict.
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The Boston Coffee Party (I Can Read Book 3) by Doreen Rappaport http://www.amazon.com/dp/0064441415/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_l0lXtb0C59HKZ8FD
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A quick read and perfect for modeling how to make inferences about a "broad" setting for the events
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Recommended for ages 4-8. Milly Lee's mother was eight years old in 1906, when San Francisco was shaken by a powerful earthquake. Buildings fell, fires flared, and the city burned for several days. This is the stirring story of one Chinese American family who had to leave their home in Chinatown on that early morning to join hundreds of other refugees making their way to safety.
Short stories by Jean Craighead George; great for modeling the use of background knowledge to make inferences
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The Tarantula in My Purse: and 172 Other Wild Pets - #purses #handbags Humorous, heart-warming, and just plain entertaining, these stories by Newbery Medalist Jean Craighead George recall what life was like as she raised three children and 173 wi
The Tarantula in My Purse: and 172 Other Wild Pets by Jean Craighead George. $5.99. Author: Jean Craighead George. Reading level: Ages 8 and up. Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (August 2, 1997)
The Tarantula in My Purse: and 172 Other Wild Pets by Jean Craighead George. $5.99. Reading level: Ages 8 and up. Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (August 2, 1997). Author: Jean Craighead George
The Tarantula in My Purse: and 172 Other Wild Pets by Jean Craighead George. $5.99. Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (August 2, 1997). Author: Jean Craighead George. Reading level: Ages 8 and up
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Another great book for nature inferences
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In the Snow: Who's Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George - Two children on their way to go sledding see evidence of a variety of animal life.
In the Snow: Who's Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George One cold morning a lonely boy wishes for something to do. His animal friends are hibernating, and he has nobody to play with—even all the birds have flown south. When he meets Jack Frost, the last thing he expects is to make a new friend . . . or to discover how enchanting winter can be!
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Great for examples of real life inferences!
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Great books for teaching about inferences, http://www.amazon.com/lm/R1GFX4GKRYAYTL/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_lm_RDmhsb0QCGFRH
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Character Traits and Emotions: Making Inferences
Revised for 2013! This file includes resources, lesson plans, and stories for teaching students how to infer character emotions and character trait...