Friday, March 30, 2012


This week I was out of the classroom Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday! Before I left on Friday I told the kids I would be out, but I didn't tell them where I was going to be! I told them that they were going to have to be inference investigators. When they got to school on Monday there would be some clues as to where I was. They could use the clues to help them figure it out! They were super excited and curious to figure out where I was going! 
I went to a training at a facility called 'Rock Island.' I have mentioned this place to the kids before so I wasn't sure if they would figure it out with the clues that I left...

 (I got this idea from the Inspired Apple and her Snow day Inferencing activity)
I left the students with a pencil (because I would be doing work), a car (since I would be driving there every morning), then a rock and a picture of an island for the name of the school I was at :)
I checked in with my sub to see what the children were thinking and she said they were torn...either I went to Hawaii and there is a really long bridge to get there or I am in Pennsylvania because I left a PENcil.
They had a night to think about these clues....then, the next day at school they filled out this activity sheet:
 All the students had different inferences, it was very cute to read! When I returned to school on Thursday they were all dying to find out where I went.  I probably disappointed them a little since I really wasn't anywhere 'that cool!' 
During my 3 days out I learned lots and lots about common core. I am going to try and post tomorrow and give you all some common core freebies to use in your class :)
Have a great Friday night!!


  1. What an absolutely great idea! I'll have to try it! Although I'm rarely out because I hate writing sub plans. I've done the "What does my teacher do after school?" writing activity. That's always a fun one to read. Some of my co-workers are going to the same workshop next week. I would have liked to have gone but I'm sure they'll fill me in nicely. I can't wait to see your common core freebies!

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