Inferring is one of the most difficult strategies for students to grasp while reading. They do it without even knowing it! These seven activities are designed to help students understand how easy inferring really is!
1. Inferring with Shel Silverstein
2. Inferring Song
3. Letters from a staff member: Each day a letter arrives in an envelope addressed to your students. It is their job to play the role of inferring detectives, underlining clues and determining what was taken from the classroom and who took it.
Letter 1: The secretary took your tape!
Letter 2: The custodian took your light bulbs from your lamps!
Letter 3: The P.E. teacher took your computer speakers!
4. Inferring Song Lyrics: I included three songs of very different genres, but still very engaging for kids. Work together with students to infer each stanza of the song and what the artist is trying to infer.
5. Inferring picture cards and recording sheet: To get the kids up and moving I post the pictures around the room. I then have them use the recording sheet with many sentence frames to record their thinking.
6. Inferring with Mr. Bones: For this activity you will want to purchase a paper skeleton from Dollar Tree. Break the skeleton apart and tape the bones in the areas around the school. Have students infer from the clues where each part of Mr. Bones can be found.
7. Inferring Treat: Tape a small eraser, pencil or piece of candy under each student’s chair. Leave this note for them and ask them to underline the clues. Once everyone has had a chance to make their inference give them permission to look where they think it is. Most students immediately look under their chair to find their surprise!
I hope your kids enjoy these activities as much as mine!