This is a unique and engaging way to introduce how to make an inference with your students. For this lesson you will tell students that you want them to help you solve a mystery. Tell them that you have some new neighbors that you have never met before and the family keeps to themselves. Explain that you wanted to find out more about them and you got lucky: it was garbage bag day and they left a small bag of garbage on the curb. Hold up the premade bag of "garbage" you made to share with students. Have students examine and use the evidence in the garbage bag to make logical guesses or inferences to find out more about your mysterious neighbors.
This minilessson also teaches that schema (background knowledge) + text clues = inferences. It's a great lesson and kids love it year after year!
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