Mystery Boxes - Inferring Fun!

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Inferring is one of those tricky subjects that students develop over time. These mystery boxes are the perfect mixture of problem solving, critical thinking and fun!

Each of the 6 sets has 6 series of clues (so 36 in total). Simply use 6 small boxes and inside each one, place an item that corresponds with the clues provided. The clues have been designed to be for items you may already own or could very easily be found at a discount store.

Using only the clues and the ability to give the box a little shake (but not open it!), students read the clues, record each one and make an inference as to what is inside the box by drawing and writing what they believe it to be. Some of the clues are easier than others so beware!

Included in both US and AU/UK English, this is perfect for an interactive, engaging activity. With 36 different sets of clues, so this could easily be a lesson that is repeated multiple times with different answers, or simply choose the clue cards that cater to objects you already own.

This set can also be used successfully as an independent literacy center.

Recording sheet and full answers are included.

My students loved this activity and it brought lots of cheers when the answer was revealed with comments such as 'I knew it!' and 'Oh! Of course!'

Check out my blog post for more information and download the preview.

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