We had an amazing week making inferences! This week we began by talking about how we can use text clues (words and pictures) and our schema to make inferences. We talked about good inferences and bad inferences - good inferences are related to the text and our schema. Not-so-good inferences are ones that don't rely on what we've learned from the text at all. We did several activities to help students make inferences and revisited The Lorax, one of our favorite books. After rereading the story and asking "Wonder" questions that the author didn't answer, students got the opportunity to make inferences of their own by drawing the Once-ler. Did you know that the book never shows what he looks like? It was fantastic to see the different interpretations that students made based on text clues and their own schema. Because the text describes the Once-ler as being old, students gave him canes, wrinkles, and gray hair. All of their amazing drawings allowed us to see that inferences can lead us to different - but correct - answers.
I love teaching kindergarten literacy at STEM! It is amazing to be a part of the reading and writing growth of a kindergarten student. You get to see kids move from knowing some letters and sounds to being enthusiastic readers and young authors.