A couple of weeks before Christmas the 6th Grade English/Language Arts students were were performing a hands on activity! Students were spread out in groups throughout the classroom and the middle school commons area. Students were practicing skills learned that week. Group one sorted words and matched them with the correct denotation and then they were to find the card that had a positively connotated word and a negatively connotated word that meant the same thing. Group two made inferences while looking at different pictures. They would analyze the picture, write down clues, and make conclusions based on what was happening in the picture. Group three had a set of generalizations to read to decide if they were valid or not. Group four created their own riddles. Riddles are great for students to use the information provided (text evidence) and their background knowledge of the subject to draw conclusions!