You can tell a lot about someone by looking through their trash. Do they live alone? What kind of food do they eat? Do they have any hobbies? How old are they? With this activity, students will have the opportunity to make inferences about people based on their trash. Students will be separated into groups where they will receive a paper bag filled with slips of paper. On these slips of paper are trash items. Students will view all trash items and list them on their worksheet. Beside each item, students will make an inference about the people. After going through each item, students will make a conclusion about the person's trash. Rotate the five bags around and at the end, have a great discussion on the inferences the students have made. You'll be surprised at the great things students will come up with.
This product comes with an instruction sheet for the teacher (as well as other suggestions on how to implement this activity), a list of items for 5 bags (separated accordingly), a directions sheet for the teacher to announce orally, a worksheet for students to complete with the activity, and a sample response sheet for teachers (and students who may be struggling).
** If you're teaching the novel "Eggs" by Jerry Spinelli, please look at the following products before buying this activity (as these resources have this activity included):
- Eggs by Jerry Spinelli: A Complete Reading Unit
- "Eggs" by Jerry Spinelli Activity: Trash Talk with Inferencing
Other Great Inference Resources:
- Making Inferences on Emotions: Group Task Cards
- Practice: Making Inferences