Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Free Autumn Inference Cards

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
 
 
Hello, Everybody!

Once upon a time, as a fairly new teacher, I had my first graders prepare a riddle to tell the class on April Fools Day. That's what's known as a tactical error. :) One child would mistell the riddle way beyond the point of making sense, and 20 others would be convulsed in hysterical laughter. Again. And again. It was a verrrry long day. :)

No doubt about it, the little guys love riddles, and riddles actually do have a useful place in the curriculum. As children learn to connect the information in the clues and discard choices that don't fit across all the clues, they are determining key details. This foundational understanding will lead to making inferences and drawing conclusions.



Here's a seasonal freebie for you that will have your K-2 students determining key details in 24 riddles, applying their prior knowledge, and inferring the answers.

These riddles are a form of informational text, featuring autumn social studies and science topics, including apples, Johnny Appleseed,  Columbus, fire safety, pumpkins, leaves, autumn months, bats, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.






Use the cards for whole class or small group lessons on key details and inference. They'll also make a good matching or pocket chart activity for a literacy center. There's a four-in-a-row game board for more practice with the same vocabulary, and even a riddle-writing activity included in this set!





Click here to download it from my TeachersPayTeachers store. Click here to see lots more riddle sets like this one!

Do you have any special hints for teaching key details and inference? Please leave a comment below!


Happy Teaching!





14 comments:

  1. Your post made me laugh out loud (even though I had to come home sick today...ugh!) I can only imagine what it was like to try to get your kids to write a riddle. Isn't it funny how sometimes we have great ideas that don't pan out and then sometimes off the cuff things work out great!!!??!! I love your riddles, thank you!

    I just found your blog and I'm off to check out your dice dot battle. It looks EXACTLY like what I need, and was getting ready to make for math tubs next week. You may have just saved my evening. ;)

    Would love it if you stopped by my new blog. (i'm having a giveaway...yay!)

    Amy
    http://whathappensinfirstgrade.blogspot.com

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  2. You are SO right about "off the cuff" teachable moments sometimes being the best! The funny thing about the riddles was that I had assigned them to be practiced at home for several nights, thinking that would make it go more smoothly. Ah, so naive!

    I hope you're feeling better! I'm glad that Dice Dots helped you when you were needing it. Thanks for your comments here and at TPT. I'm in the process of adding to Dice Dots, so be sure to be watching for a notice on that by early next week. check in your downloads box.

    Your blog is so cute - it was my turn to laugh out loud when I read about the frog who croaked. :) I love your sight word pack! Between you and me (and any other random reader! :), anyone who buys it is getting a real bargain!

    Thanks for following, Amy! Nice to "chat" with you!

    Linda

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  3. Very cute! I remember listening to first graders try to tell jokes. Even 4th graders struggle with it!

    Don't Let The Teacher Stay Up Late

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    1. Hey, Melissa, I've been known to struggle with remembering jokes, too! :) When it comes to the first graders, you may as well just enjoy watching the kids laugh, and laugh along!

      Linda

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  4. Thanks Linda. Kids will love these! I love riddle activities.
    Arlene
    LMN Tree

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  5. I used this today with some of my students and they had so much fun! Great activity! Thank you!
    :)
    Jenn
    Crazy Speech World

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    1. You're welcome, Jenn! I love hearing that your students had fun with them!

      Linda

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  6. My kiddos LOVE your stuff! Thank you!
    Stop on by and say HI!
    wendy
    http://www.1stgradefireworks.blogspot.com
    also...
    FB TPT TN & Pinterest

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    1. Aww, Wendy! You made my day! Thanks for your sweet comment. I'll definitely stop by! :)
      Linda

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  7. This was so great today...as a sped teacher of kids with some big challenges, I had underestimated what they would be able to do with this game. They had a blast surprising me as well as the principal when he walked through. It was so much fun and I think the kiddos inJOYed it too. Thanks!!!

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing this! Isn't it just a delight to see your students' faces when they surprise you with their "smarts"? Just motivates them to keep trying harder, too! That's one of the great joys of teaching!
    Linda

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    1. You're very welcome, Adrienne! I have loads more riddles at my TpT and TN stores ... I hope you'll take a look! :)

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