This Inference Bundle Using Literature and Informational Text for 3rd graders is a 120 page set filled with worksheets, 4 sets of task cards, posters, games and activities to help your students practice the very important reading strategy of making inferences.
The Informational Text Unit includes:
32 Picture Inference Cards
32 What is it? Inference Cards
Top Secret Inference Bag Homework Activity
Teacher's Detailed Notes for 3 Inference Activities
What’s in Mrs. _____________'s Purse Inference Activity
Secrets from the Trash Activity
Step by Step Inferences Handout
Inference Windows Worksheet (clues with flaps to reveal a mystery item)
Making Inferences Template (can be used with any text)
Inferences from Text Worksheet: Pizza's Early History
Inferences from Text Worksheet: Basketball's Early History
Inferences and Evidence from Scientific Text: Comets
Inferences and Evidence from Technical Text: How to Make a Volcano
Inferences and Evidence from Historical Text: Pony Express Riders
Inference Question Types Handout/Mini-Poster
Question Types Poster
The Inferences Using Literature Set includes:
32 Inference Riddles Task Cards (and student record sheet)
32 Inferences from Pictures Task Cards (and student record sheet)
5 Double Sided Passages with Questions
Top Secret Mystery Box Homework
Step by Step Handout
Inference Types Handout
Making Inferences Graphic Organizer
Occupation Inferences Worksheet
Character Inference Windows
Inferences from a Shopping Bag Game (cards, record sheet, and shopping bag tag)
Keys for all
The Informational text unit has two sets of task cards which include pictures. Pictures are a great way to teach inferencing before targeting the text more directly. One set of task cards has a variety of different pictures and asks kids to make an inference based on what they observe. The second set of cards called "What is it?" has pictures of little known objects or antique items like an old washing machine or an early football helmet and asks kids to make inferences looking at the object as well as reading the clue on each card. Task cards are great for centers, one on one work, fast finishers, whole class or partner activity. I especially like to use them as a rotating station activity.
The activities in this bundle are fun and interactive. For example, who doesn't want to know what their teacher keeps in her purse? Who wouldn't have fun searching through "clean" trash and making inferences about the family it belongs to? Who would object to a homework assignment that allows you to bring a mystery item in a bag, write clues about it and share it with the class? These fun activities all lead up to mastering the skill of inferencing from the text.
This set also contains interesting nonfiction text with intriguing topics that you and your kids will enjoy. It requires kids to answer questions that are expressed explicitly in the text as well as implied. The template included is another tool to help you expand this unit to topics from your science book, social studies book or even to the Time for Kids/Scholastic magazine that you may use in your classroom.
The literature unit is loaded with everything you need to teach this very foundational reading strategy. It includes student passages (Aesop's Fables, a Greek Myth and folktales from around the world), which are great because they give your students lots of opportunities to practice making inferences. You can even save one of them and use it as an end of the unit assessment if you wish.
I love the two sets of task cards for inferences using literature. One has pictures of people or animals and asks kids to determine what's going on in the picture. The other one is a set of three short sentences that describe a situation. Students have to make an inference to determine what's happening in each scenario. Use these for whole class teaching, maybe a few a day as a reading warm up or for a small group. Better yet, set them around the room and pass out student record sheets so kids can get up and moving around the room to solve inference puzzles together.
The Inferences from a Shopping Bag game is an easy one to set up. Gather 32 shopping bags (small paper ones that stand up) or use brown lunch sacks in a pinch. Put a shopping bag cover on each (included) and add a number 1 – 32. Place the three clue cards in each shopping bag and kids have to infer for whom the items were purchased by looking at the three cards. Then they record it on their record sheet and you can discuss it together if you'd like.
I can't say enough about how excited I am about teaching inferences with this unit. It screams "fun"…okay fun AND good learning experiences.
***Please note that this bundle is priced at 20% off but if you would like to purchase each item separately, here they are:
Inferences Using Informational Text
Inferences Using Literature
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