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Teaching inferences...Forensic Science - set up a crime scene fit for kids and they must use inference to figure out what happened.

Put a picture up on the document camera (National Geographic's picture of the day works well). Ask students to make five OBSERVATIONS, five INFERENCES and five PREDICTIONS. Doing this a couple of times a week will drive home the difference between these concepts. For some of my other subject area teacher friends...good idea

Students select two unfamiliar and interesting words from their own reading. After becoming "expert" or "master" of these words students design a card which provides a series of clues so that a partner (who does not know the secret words) can guess the words.

FREEBIE! Showing Evidence Strips....These have great evidence stems to help your kiddos cite specific evidence in their written responses/discussions. Just print and cut down the middle.

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Book Report LapBook

This cutie will make your students want to devour their books!!! Read, color, cut, and create a Book Report LapBook. Students will treasure their bookworms for years to come. (Composition Notebook, Vocabulary Crayons, Confidential Folder, and Teacher's Apple open to reveal important information inside!)

Inferences - teacher's bag. This is an engaging lesson and can be modified for all grades! My students loved this.

We created a FREE 49 slide PowerPoint interactive activity that will help explain the components of the Daily 5 to our students. The students will be actively learning through think-pair-share and whole group discussions. We hope this will be a great way to start the year for ourselves and our students!

Cell phone for your book character. This is an authentic activity that students would relate to! They can do this about a character in their book.

10 Nonfiction Activity Ideas for Kids!