We've been having a great time the past two days in reading-using Pixar Shorts to help us!
I introduced our newest skill-making inferences, which is always a tricky one for kids to do and explain.
I busted out an old chart, and made some additions to it.
We did "For the Birds"
I stopped in about 4 different places to ask a question, and had the students write down their answer on paper (explaining how they knew, of course!)
They did a pretty decent job!
I sent them to practice with some inference task cards from Teaching With a Mountain View (seriously awesome task cards here!)
Today, we did it again with a different movie.
First, I modeled how to write a response using evidence by showing "For the Birds", so the kids knew what I was looking for in their responses (something I noticed after the first day!).
This time, we watched "Partly Cloudy"
This was a cute one too-and they did better!
We practiced with the blue task cards-no questions, but same passages/pictures.
Hopefully, using these fun tricks helps the students realize they make inferences everyday, and easier to explain it.
Smiles and Sunshine,