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Infer, Infer, Infer……and Measure

We are doing some more inferring this week!  We read a story from the 2011 EQAO test and answered the questions.  Many of the multiple choice questions require inferring.  All of the written questions do.  When we infer we use evidence from the text and our background knowledge.  The story we read and the quesions 1-6 can be found here and a scoring guide can be found here.  If you look at the scoring guide you will notice that the answers include evidence from the text and the student’s own thoughts (background knowledge).


Picture taken from Strategies That Work by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis (2007) p. 132


Over the next few weeks, we are going to be looking at inferring theme and the meaning of language – new words, metaphor, figurative language and idioms. 


Mr. B, our student teacher, is back and he wil lbe teaching a unit on measurement, specifically linear measurement, area and perimeter.  Grade 5s will be studying the perimeter and area of triangles and grade 6s will look at quadrilaterals and paralellograms.  Today he read the class a story called Spaghetti and Meatballs for All by Marilyn Burns ( a Math guru!).  In this book Mr. & Mrs. Comfort hold a dinner party for 32 relatives.  Mrs. Comfort has figured out how to arrange their rental tables to seat everyone but Mr. Comfort and other families keep rearranging the tables as they arrive.   Of course, they can’t all fit at the table as they get pushed together as they lose at least two seats every time.  Eventually, they end up with the original configuration that Mrs. Comfort carefully thought out.   The students’ activity was to find as many possible table arangements for 20 people and to compare the area and perimeter.    The students used square colour tiles to model the arrangements.  Alas, I forgot to take photos today 😦

The big idea behind this lesson is that the area can remain the same and the perimeter can change or vice versa, the perimeter can remain the same while the area changes as in the story where they only had 8 square table to use so the area was alway 8 tables squared. 



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