What’s in My Teacher’s Bag {Making Inferences}

  1. Allyson

    January 23rd, 2012 at 12:28 am

    What a cute idea! I love that you used what you had on hand, and your chart is too cute!

    Allyson
    http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com

  2. Danielle

    January 23rd, 2012 at 12:28 am

    What a GREAT activity thanks for sharing!

  3. Gladys

    January 23rd, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Love your activity…so cute! I did the Snow Case Files last year and it was such a hit…I plan on doing it again this year!

    Gladys
    http://teachinginhighheels.blogspot.com

  4. Anonymous

    January 23rd, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Love this idea! Doing it with my class tomorrow! Thanks!

  5. Booky4First

    January 23rd, 2012 at 12:36 am

    So great–and just what I needed. I am sitting here trying to figure out how to incorporate inferencing with our next unit on inventors.

  6. Elisabeth

    January 23rd, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Thanks for sharing!! LOVE IT! 🙂

    You are the best!

    Elisabeth
    http://www.missdelk.blogspot.com

  7. Traci

    January 23rd, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Love this! Thanks.
    Dragonflies in First

  8. Kristin

    January 23rd, 2012 at 1:04 am

    This is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  9. Michaela

    January 23rd, 2012 at 1:04 am

    cute bag! Love your ideas. Hope this week is better for you than last. We all have those weeks, it's nice that we can all relate and support each other. 🙂

    Michaela
    http://www.mrspeterson.drupalgardens.com

  10. Camille

    January 23rd, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Abby,
    I love your chart. Just wanted to make sure that you are aware the trash and bag ideas came from the book Comprehension Connections by Tanny MacGregor. It is an awesome book in which Tanny creates many concrete beginning lessons for each reading strategy. Here is a link to her book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Comprehension-Connections-Bridges-Strategic-Reading/dp/0325008876/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1

    Camille
    An Open Door

  11. Miss Foote

    January 23rd, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Love this! I have done it with the "neighbor's garbage" before and had kids come up with inferences about my (fictional) new neighbors. So fun!

    Laurie
    Chickadee Jubilee

  12. Abby

    January 23rd, 2012 at 1:36 am

    @ Camille – I didn't know that! I'll have to check her book out. Thanks!

  13. ~Jessica Hubble~

    January 23rd, 2012 at 1:41 am

    You ALWAYS ***ROCKSTAR*** it out Mrs. Abby!!!
    Another FAB lesson!

    I always look forward to your post…and I am NEVER disappointed 🙂

    I just started my new blog a week ago…all you amazing bloggers inspired me to put myself out there!

    I hope you can stop by my blog when you get a chance!

    glitzyin1stgrade.blogspot.com

  14. Reagan Tunstall

    January 23rd, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Thanks for the cute freebie! 🙂 BTW, Your bag is super cute! Even bigger than my yellow bird! (my current bag o' choice)
    Hope it's rainbows, unitards, and unicorns…

  15. Mrs. S.

    January 23rd, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am doing this tomorrow morning!! AWESOME! You ROCK! 😀

    Melly<><

    Stapler’s Strategies for Sizzlin' Second Graders!

  16. Emily

    January 23rd, 2012 at 1:58 am

    What a great idea!! I love the inference about your diet coke ("you drank it all")…haha!!

  17. Erika

    January 23rd, 2012 at 2:19 am

    I might have to clean my purse out a bit before doing this great activity. I'm afraid what I might pull out! 🙂

    2B Honey Bunch
    The Best Endings

  18. Meridith

    January 23rd, 2012 at 2:48 am

    Love this idea! I am going to do this activity this week to help with my unit on drawing conclusions!
    I hear you on the bad teaching week. Mine was this week. I hope the lightbulbs come on this week for me… I am afraid for this group of babies.

  19. Mrs. Saoud

    January 23rd, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Comprehension Connections is the BEST book! It is worth the buy and read. A group of teachers at my school have worked on a book study using her strategies. You'll love the creativity she inspires!

    Cheryl
    Primary Graffiti

  20. Heather's Heart

    January 23rd, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Abby, the book Camille is talking about it great! I have done the trash lesson from there modified a little. The book has a concrete object for each strategy.

    As always, your anchor charts ROCK!

    Hop over to my blog for a Vowel Munchers *freebie*! The Love Monsters clip art is adorable!

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

  21. Lyndsey

    January 23rd, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Hi Abby,

    Oh my goodness! I absolutely adore you and your blog. You are always full of such amazing ideas.

    I LOVE Tanny McGregor's book, "Comprehension Connections." I actually posted a topic about it a few monthgs ago all about making inferences and questioning. She is PHENOMENAL! In her book, she also offers an awesome "recipe" for making inferences.

    Check out the link to my post:

    http://ayearofmanyfirsts.blogspot.com/2011/09/comprehension-connections.html

    You rock…and you continue to inspire us all!!!

  22. Lisa at Stories From Second

    January 23rd, 2012 at 3:03 am

    We have the same teacher bag! 🙂
    We are doing inferences again this unit, and I've already done inferencing with my neighbor's trash (from Comprehension Connections), so I can't wait to do this activity with my kids! Thanks so much for sharing the printables!
    Lisa
    Stories From Second

  23. ksteacher81

    January 23rd, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Thanks for the great idea! I plan on using this and the No David inferencing activity from First Grade Parade this week.

  24. Primary Paradise

    January 23rd, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Thanks so much Abby for the freebie. I'm going to check out the book Comprehension Connections too.
    Tammy
    primaryparadise.blogspot

  25. Sara

    January 23rd, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Love, love, love that idea! I've been trying to figure out how to get this concept across to my kiddos and this is PERFECT! Thanks!

    Sara
    Kindergarten Is A Hoot

  26. Shauna

    January 23rd, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Love your ideas! Thanks for sharing! Where did you get that rockin' bag?

  27. LovelyNB

    January 23rd, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas–I love it!

  28. Team Carroll

    January 23rd, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Doing this TOMORROW!!! I love, love, LOVE it!!! Thanks for the printables!! My kids will LOVE this!!! Love ya, girl!
    XOXO

    Cara 🙂

  29. Patricia

    January 23rd, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Abby, this is so adorable! Thanks for sharing; can't wait to use it!

    Have a great week!

    primary practice

  30. Jodi

    January 23rd, 2012 at 11:44 am

    This is such a great and simple idea. I love the chart! You are so talented at taking such a difficult concept {inferencing} and adapting it for first graders. I will definitely be doing this lesson!!! 🙂

    Jodi
    Fun In First

  31. Jen R. (The Teachers' Cauldron)

    January 23rd, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I love doing that activity! Though, I've usually done a brown lunch sack with 3 things in it…but your anchor charts are always so flippin' cute!!
    lol

    ♥ Jen
    The Teachers' Cauldron

  32. Christine

    January 23rd, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Isn't it great when things start rolling after break?!? I have been telling myself to just wait until January and the day will start moving. Thank you for sharing you days and your struggles. I find myself nodding my head and saying "Amen, sister!"

    Christine

    Hopping into First Grade

  33. Sandra Guntorius

    January 24th, 2012 at 2:28 am

    I just loved this idea, I did it with my kiddos the next day. It was awesome.
    Hope you don't mind I blogged about it and linked it back to you.
    http://mrsguntoriusclass.blogspot.com/2012/01/inferring.html

  34. Lauren Morse

    January 24th, 2012 at 3:19 am

    I purchased your inferencing pack just last week. I'm in the process of making my case files to use this Friday. I can't wait to try it out. Thanks for all the great ideas!
    Lauren
    justaddclipart.blogspot.com

  35. Thea

    January 24th, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Adorable idea and I really love your bag. Is that a thirtyone bag?

    I am going to use this tomorrow. We are doing inferences this week, and I know my class will love it!

  36. Mrs. Secrist

    January 24th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Where is that cute bag from?!

  37. Jaimie

    January 24th, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Fabulous idea, I haven't done this! Can't wait to try it, thanks!!

  38. Jacy

    January 25th, 2012 at 2:04 am

    LOVE your Thirty-One large utility tote!!! Selling Thirty-One just paid off my entire grad school!! Whoop whoop!! And I'm totally doing the what's in the teachers bag idea since I'm the official "bag lady" at school- lol! Thanks for another fabulous idea!! You are too awesome!

  39. Michelle

    January 26th, 2012 at 4:40 am

    I love this activity! I haven't read that book either, but now I want to add it to my "need to read" list.

    Michelle
    Teach123

  40. Mrs. Steinmann's Grade 1

    January 28th, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Hi Abby,
    Thanks for the inspiration. My school is focusing on teaching inferring and I've been slacking a bit… after reading your post I was inspired to do the "purse lesson". I blogged about it and gave you kudos.
    I also purchased your Snow Day investigation unit. What is on for my Saturday??? Taking my two sweet girls out for lunch and a movie so that I can gather evidence! (While I really should be working on my report cards!)
    Thanks again

  41. Mrs. Mason

    January 29th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I saw this idea here and did it with my class! They absolutely LOVED it! Im new to this blogging thing and really like your blog and activities!

  42. Leslie Ann

    January 31st, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I did this with my kids today and it went perfectly! I just blogged about if you want to check it out 🙂 You're just beyond creative girl! Love, love, love it! 🙂
    http://lifeinfirstgrade1.blogspot.com/2012/01/babbling-abby-inspired-lesson.html

  43. Andrea

    February 2nd, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Great idea and cute bag!! Can't wait to try this out! Also, I'm your newest follower!

    Andrea
    Cheers to School

  44. Jo

    October 25th, 2012 at 4:58 am

    My Year 4's even loved this activity! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  45. Anonymous

    November 3rd, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Mrs. Mullins should learn how to spell "license"

  46. Mandy Low

    June 22nd, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Abby
    Thanks for the wonderful idea! I am a special education therapist from Singapore. Just used your idea to teach the concept of inference to my group of children with autism. They enjoyed it although it was very hard for them. Getting lots of inspirations from the site for my following lessons.

  47. Natalie Tanner

    July 27th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Great idea for making a tough abstract skill more concrete for children. LOVE!

    I use a lot of teacher ideas on my website http://www.theeducationaltourist.com where I write about traveling with kids. It is so important for keeping skills up while on the road, right? 🙂

    I'm going to link this to my website and I would love a shout out from you!

    Thanks,
    Natalie, The Educational Tourist

  48. Natalie Tanner

    July 27th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Great idea for making a tough abstract skill more concrete for children. LOVE!

    I use a lot of teacher ideas on my website http://www.theeducationaltourist.com where I write about traveling with kids. It is so important for keeping skills up while on the road, right? 🙂

    I'm going to link this to my website and I would love a shout out from you!

    Thanks,
    Natalie, The Educational Tourist

  49. Natalie Tanner

    July 27th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Great idea for making a tough abstract skill more concrete for children. LOVE!

    I use a lot of teacher ideas on my website http://www.theeducationaltourist.com where I write about traveling with kids. It is so important for keeping skills up while on the road, right? 🙂

    I'm going to link this to my website and I would love a shout out from you!

    Thanks,
    Natalie, The Educational Tourist

  50. Ashley Manrose

    November 11th, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    What a neat activity for students! Thanks for sharing this. It is such a creative way to teach students about making inferences.

  51. Annabel

    February 24th, 2016 at 10:42 am

    I know it’s late, but I used this activity yesterday with my firsties and they loved it! I wish you could have seen the look of shock on their faces when I pulled out my purse!

  52. Abby

    February 24th, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Aw, I’m so glad! My kiddos loved doing that activity, too!

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