Seven Blind Mice- Inferring with Clues

posted Feb 17, 2015, 6:02 PM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Feb 17, 2015, 6:07 PM ]
Today we read the book: Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young. Students were told that authors sometimes leave clues to allow the reader to try and infer and answer based on these clues. For example, you might read a book where there are clues throughout the story to a mystery that isn't fully revealed until the end of the book. Part of the fun of course is trying to solve the mystery yourself based on these clues.

In the story Seven Blind Mice, the mice find a mystery object by their pond. They go out one by one bringing back a different clue as to what the object is. It is not until the end of the story where the seventh mouse puts all the clues together to reveal the mystery object. 

I read the story today without showing the pictures and allowed students time to share their inferences as to what the mystery object by the pond was. Students had a wide variety of guesses. One student thought it was a dragon (which I thought was a pretty good guess based on the clues)!