This FREE-STANDING lesson is engaging and helps develop skills students need to master to be better readers (observation, inference, prediction). I do this lesson at the beginning of the year and reference it regularly.
Students begin the lesson by making an inference about their teacher (they love this). Then students take notes defining Observations, Inference, and Predictions using the PPT while Homer Simpson offers examples.
Then students analyze images and note three observations before jumping to inference then predictions. There are 10 images included. The teacher can choose how many/which ones the class should analyze.
These skills are then transferred to 3 short passages and one song (lyrics and music video included) in which students highlight observations before making inferences and predictions.
To end the lesson, students return to the inference they made about the teacher at the beginning of the lesson. They must note three observations to support their inference and then write a paragraph that would allow the reader to make the same inference as the student did.
My kids love this lesson and always remember it as a favorite at the end of the year. This lesson is important because it not only teaches the difference among observation, inference, and prediction, but it also shows how the three concepts are connected, which is a hugely important element of their reading development. I reference this lesson and these skills regularly throughout the year.
By the way, this lesson is great for administrative observations or evaluations.
Good Observations lead to Good Inferences which lead to Good Predictions.
Includes: PowerPoint, Student's Page (word and PDF)