As soon as I saw that this week's theme is WINTER EDITION I knew what I wanted to share with you all!
THIS IS THE BEST PART! I gathered all of my detectives together and they shared their evidence! Group 1 shared that they had a packet of Ketchup from McDonalds, well group 2 and 3 are going crazy because they ALSO had something from McDonalds in their packet. Another group shared that they had a box of movie theater candy, well the group that has the movie time print out is literally jumping up and down! The connections that the kids make between the different packs of evidence are simply SO MUCH FUN!
Once everyone has shared the evidence we created a timeline of when we thought everything happened! It is interesting to hear the kiddos thoughts on why something would be at 12:00 instead of 12:15pm. Some of the times in the evidence are exact (for example the movie time), but most of the evidence they really have to think about. The students then each picked one event on the timeline to write and illustrate.
Now we did this activity in August (it was 105 F), so I knew I needed to pay close attention to our classroom environment in order for this activity to really become an anchor moment for us! I sent home a note that the kids should wear "Wintry Day" clothes. I had hot chocolate cooking in the crock-pot, and Christmas music playing all day long. One of my kiddos told me that we should have decorated Christmas Cookies! I loved that idea and noted it for next year!
This activity has really become an anchor in our classroom. In guided reading I hear all the time "Use your detective skills" or remember when we had our "Snowy Day." Whenever I say the word "Inferring" students right away remember this special day and what they learned and the best part is they are able to APPLY their learning!
I hope you will link up with Show & Tell Tuesday! Can't wait to see what you have to share!