Today, I wanted to talk about a very engaging activity I did with my 3rd graders last year that they LOVED and so did I! Let me explain...
Last year, I decided I wanted to be Ms. Frizzle for Halloween. However, I didn't want to tell my students my surprise...so instead, every day in October, I spent about 5 minutes or so before lunch or any other time throughout the day that I needed something quick to do, having them GUESS my Halloween costume.
We talked about drawing conclusions and making inferences. I told them that their questions HAD to be answered with a yes or no...we went through some examples.
So we talked about if we discovered I was a person, it was silly to ask if I was an animal, because we already knew I was a person. We went through some of those if/this situations.
I drew about 2 kiddos each day (Popsicle sticks with names) until each student had a chance, then repeated a couple.
I would write (type) their question on the board and then type yes or no, then the student's name, so we knew who asked what question. People, the engagement when I did this was OFF THE CHART. They would (not so) patiently wait for me to type yes or no. Then they quickly started to eliminate ideas they had, or form new ones.
I told them that if they figured it out, they had to keep it a secret. On October 30, I would ask for each student to write their guess on a slip of paper, and if anyone was right, they'd get a special treat from me.
Well, no one ended up guessing right...which was a big bummer...but these are some of their questions! You can tell some kiddos weren't thinking clearly about their questions! Hmph, silly kids!
Oh, and here's me as the Frizz!
This year....can you keep a secret?!? Don't tell my kids!
I'm going to be Cindy Lou Who!
Our school wide literacy theme is Dr. Seuss, so it will be perfect! :)
So, here's a little freebie I created so my kiddos can keep track of all the questions and take it home to share with their families!
What is your Halloween costume?
Your secret is safe with me!
Check out what I'm doing this year! :)
Thank you all for the ideas! I think I'm going to be Pigeon! 🐦The kids will recognize him because we are reading Don't Let Pigeon Stay Up Late this week! Congrats to @spottedcowteaching and @the_readingteacher! Ladies please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone else...you only have until 8pm central tonight to order your @lpaulldesignsforall Halloween Teacher tee! Shop lpaulldesigns.com or the link in my profile! 🎃😈👻 #iteachtoo #teachersfollowteachers #teacher #iteachfirst #teachersofinstagram #teachertee #lpaulldesignsforall