I am sooooo enjoying this beautiful Saturday afternoon..... I just got done cleaning up from a FABULOUS Pampered Chef party I hosted. It was so much fun and the food was wonderful of course! I can't wait to get more fun Pampered Chef goodies. I LOVE their stuff! After being given a Pampered Chef bridal shower I was hooked for sure.
So, first I bring out a bag of "trash" and tell the kids that I need their help. I explain to them that I have these new neighbors that just moved in next door and that I really want to be a good neighbor and go meet them and get to know them, but that every time I go over there they are never home. So I explain to the kids that earlier that morning I saw that the neighbors' trash was sitting out beside their driveway, so I took a bag of their trash to see if I could find some clues about them, so I can get to know them better...and I need their help!! Now, in advance, I have decided what kind of family I want the family next door to be and I have collected clean "trash" items that would give clues about each member of the family. I always have my family be a mom, dad, older child (6-8), and a baby. I collect empty makeup bottles, hairspray can, women's magazines, etc for the mom, a shaving cream can, home improvement ads, receipt from a men's store, etc. for the dad, an empty formula container, empty diaper wipe container, etc. for the baby, and a crumpled up piece of homework, a receipt from a toy store, and some other kid type stuff for the older child. I also decide what I want the family's hobbies/interests to be. If you want a family that eats out a lot, save your restaurant receipts or to-go boxes and put those in the trash bag. If you want the family to like shopping, save your store receipts. Save food items containers. You get the idea.... I have even put a made-up shopping list in the trash bag so they know what the family eats or buys. Then, when you are ready to do the lesson, make an Inference/Evidence chart like the picture shown. Take out each item one at a time from the bag and have students guess what that item says about the family. The "evidence" is what item is in the trash. The "inference" is what the students think that item tells them about the family. It is SO much fun to see what they come up with! First graders are incredibly intuitive and creative sometimes. I even had a student tell me one time that the family was a "white family." I said, "How do you know that?" She said, "Because the make up bottle is the color for someone with white skin." I was like, "Holy moly... I would not have even thought of that!" So smart!
Anyway, after we have inferred about all the items in the trash bag, I have the kids go back to their seats and write 3 inferences they made and draw a picture of the family based on the evidence and inferences. If you click the recording sheet , it will take you to my Teachers Pay Teachers store where you can get this recording sheet for FREE!!! Enjoy!