Saturday, April 7, 2012

Inferring With Commercials

My favorite reading strategy to teach is inferring. I guess  because I love mysteries. When I teach this strategy, I compare it to solving a mystery. As I was wrapping up my Economics Unit with commercial analysis, it occurred to me how perfect these commercials would be for inferring. So I created a printable to go with some of my favorite commercials that are PERFECT for an inferring lesson. Make sure you download these commercials and put them in a folder on your flash drive, so you will have them every year when you need them. (Click {HERE} if you need help with downloading and saving YouTube videos to your computer.) Click {HERE} or on the picture for your free printable. I made two different versions. One refers to evidence and the other clues. I think most teachers call it evidence but lower level teachers might call it clues.  Here are the four commercials I chose for this lesson:

Doritos' Commercial:
Happy Grad Commercial:
Chevy Commercial:
Darth Vader Commercial:

I hope you enjoy these. Let me know if you have any inferring lessons you love to teach. If you are not already a follower, I would love for you to become one. Good luck as you continue to create magic in your classroom!


42 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the tutorial on how to save YouTube videos to my computer!!! I will be using this a lot from now on! I am the same way with putting all of my related files into folders and organizing everything neatly on my desktop and flash drive. This is awesome - thank you!

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    1. You are welcome! I think flash drives are one of the greatest inventions for teacher:) Thanks for commenting!

      Selina

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    2. The two ads that are now down, the happy graduation and the Chevy commercial. Can you describe a bit so I can find them on you tube on my own?

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  2. Love it Selina! The kids will get a kick out of this, AND be learning so much :)

    ~Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I've already used these for my Economics Unit, but will throw them in next year.

      Selina

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    1. Thanks, Teresa! I'm your newest follower, too!!!

      Selina

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    1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I'll try to return the favor soon:)

      Selina

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    1. Thanks! I'm your newest follower!

      Selina

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  6. Thanks Selina. I often use commercials to teach fact and opinion and author's purpose, but I hadn't thought about teaching inferring.
    Artistry of Education

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    1. Wow! I've never thought to use them for fact and opinion or author's purpose. Thanks for the idea:)

      Selina

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  7. Genius idea - I just pinned it on my Reading Ideas board on Pinterest! Thanks for sharing!
    ❤Terri
    Monkeying Around With Technology

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    1. Thank you! I love your blog, and I'm your newest follower:)

      Selina

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  8. I love this! What a fun way to do inferring.

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  9. TAG! You're it! Hop over to my blog to find out what this is about.
    Michelle
    Teach123

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  10. You are a GENIUS! Thank you!

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    1. Awwww, thanks! I tell my hubby that all the time;) Zamzar doesn't download YouTube anymore. I'm currently using RealPlayer. It takes longer but it does work. Sorry!

      Selina

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  11. I found your inferencing lesson on pinterest and used it in my class today! I have to say thank you!! My students loved it!!

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    1. Thank you so much! You made my day:)

      Selina

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  12. Hi!! I love the videos you suggested and really want to use them in my lesson. Any chance you could email the downloaded Doritos and Happy Grad video? (It breaks my heart that downloader programs are now shut down) If so, I'd really appreciate it. :) My email is annabanana24_7@yahoo.com

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  13. I love this idea for inferring! How do you use Real Player to download youtube videos? We keep looking for new ways to do so since zamzar no longer works. Thank you!

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    1. I'm probably not the best one to ask. I'm getting ready to go to a big tech expo. If I find a better way, I'll post here. BUT I downloaded RealPlayer, then just hover in the right hand cornerof the YouTube video until "Download Video" pops up, and click on that. After it downloads to my computer, I use Zamzar to convert to Mp4. RealPlayer has a converter but Zamzar is faster. Hope this helps!

      Selina

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  14. I am a new 5th grade ELA teacher. I will be teaching inference after Thanksgiving. Would you please tell me more how you go about introducing this concept? I love the idea of incorporating technology. I am even considering using this concept for my evaluation ;) Do you use an anchor chart to first introduce? Any extra ideas or suggestions are appreciated. srodriguez@esc17.net

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  15. The post is quite appealing, you made some valid points the matter is on point. I have made a decision to add your site to my bookmarks so I can go back to it at another time.

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  16. The Doritoes is my FAVORITE commercial!!! My students are reading "Encyclopedia Brown" series for the next few weeks. Thank you for sharing activities that goes along with this commercial! I can't wait to use it this week! I could spend ALL day on your blog, you're one of my favorites!!! THANK YOU!!!

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    1. Denise,
      You are so sweet! You've made my day. I wanted to create another set with this years Super Bowl commercials, but they just weren't as good. I did LOVE the Doritos daddy dresses up one. Thanks for commenting and leaving such a sweet comment!

      Selina

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  17. You are a lifesaver! I literally Googled "commercials to teach inferencing" and your amazing website came up with not only the commercials but also the printables! I was prepared to spend hours searching and creating! You saved me enough time I can grade for a change...or get on Facebook. Lol! Thank you thank you thank you! How do I follow your amazingness?

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    1. You are so sweet. I've actually been collecting some new ones for a part two. Hopefully, I can have that one out soon. Thank you for your kind words!

      Selina

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  18. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I love everything about this, but teaching literacy is not my forte....Would you be able to post more details about how you would teach it??

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  19. Love this! Thank you! Do you have samples of student work or teacher examples?

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  20. Thank you! What a great idea of teaching inferring!

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