Introduce observations and inferences, supporting conclusions, and get to know the teacher from day one with this lighthearted “quiz.” I use this activity early on during the first day of school to break up the monotony of directions, supplies, and the dread of over talking. Students take 10 minutes to look around the room and look for clues to answer the questions. I have pictures of myself, my family, places I’ve been, etc. along with artifacts that are symbols of my hobbies, as well as things to throw the students for a loop (more appropriate for upper grades).
I encourage students to snoop anywhere they’d like to begin their comfort in taking ownership of our classroom. This activity has students moving all about the room and sets up a natural conversation about expectations for independent work and movement in our room.
When revealing answers, I share with students more about myself and accept reciprocal sharing. Students share WHY they thought what they thought and we discuss how an observation is anything they witnessed but their answer was the inference, and inferences can indeed be wrong! I spend a good chunk of time on the questions 4 and 6 as they open up really valuable conversations that I touch back on throughout that first week often.