Today I did a neat activity with my students. I called it the "Inference Bag" activity. I thought this was a neat activity that would allow my students ownership.
Step One: I handed out paper sandwich bags to each of my students
Step Two: I handed out a name tag and glued it on their bag
Step Three: I let the students place anything that would fit in their bag. I had rubber animals, stuffed animals, unit cubes, paper decorations, anything they could find that wasn't actually living they could put in their bag. It was their job to make sure they put it in their bag secretly.
Step Four: Staple the bags closed.
Step Five: Hand out one index card to each student.
Step Six: Have students write out 6 clues about their mystery object in the bag. They don't want to make the clues obvious, but they do have to be factual.
Step Seven: Place the bags in a corner of the room with their clues and a sheets of paper with all of the students names on them. When the students go to the corner or center, they read the clues and work together to determine what they think is in each student's inference bag. After all station rotations are over whether it be two days or a week, the children can reveal their items and the other students can check and see if they were correct.
A close-up of one of the bags and the student's clue card.