Lesson: Sparky the inferring firefly
==> I'd like to introduce you to Sparky the Firefly today. Sparky always gets bright ideas. He is always on the lookout
for clues when he reads. His tail lights up when he infers (figures things out by using clues). Let's add him to our FACE
Board under the C for comprehension.
==> Authors don't always tell us everything, but we can use clues that they leave in the story along with our schema
and we can infer. For example, if I told you that today is my friend's birthday could you infer (figure out) how she's feeling?
My schema tells me that most people are pretty excited and happy on their birthday so I can infer that she is probably happy
If I told you that the farmer just came in the house with a fresh bucket of milk, what can you infer? He was probably
out milking a cow.
==> Authors often leave things to our imagination. They leave clues that we must connect with our schema and with
other parts of the story in order to understand the story.
==> Today I'm going to model what inferring looks like. I'm going to read a story called Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe.
Before we get started reading, let's activate our schema and find out what we know about fireflies.
==> As you read the story, think aloud so that the children can see what it looks and sounds like to infer.