Inferences Using Informational Text is a 53 page set filled with worksheets, task cards, posters, and activities to help your third grade students practice the very important skill of making inferences from informational text.
This set 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: Fossils
Inferences from Text Worksheet: Jelly Bean History
Inferences and Evidence from Scientific Text: Tornadoes
Inferences and Evidence from Technical Text: How to Make a Piñata
Inferences and Evidence from Historical Text: Sojourner Truth
4 Inference Question Types Posters
Question Types Poster
The heart of this set are the interesting nonfiction text passages with intriguing topics that your students will enjoy. Each worksheet is double sided and 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.
I love task cards and this unit comes with two sets! Both sets include pictures which I think is awesome since 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, whole class, one to one or partner activity. I especially like to use them as a rotating station activity.
The activities included in this unit 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.
I can't say enough about how excited I am about teaching this unit. It screams "fun"…okay fun AND good learning experiences.
*** Please note: This set is very similar to my Inferences Using Informational Text for 4th and 5th graders but I have created new passages that are just right for most third grade readers. The task cards, posters and activities are the same.
If you'd like to check out the companion unit, Inferences Using Literature, here it is. This unit works well for 3rd - 5th graders.
Inferences Using Literature: Common Core 3rd - 5th Grade
Want to buy inference sets (both for literature and informational text) at a discounted BUNDLE price?
Inference Bundle for 3rd Grade
Inference Bundle for 4th/5th Grade
If you like this unit, please check out some of my other Common Core units that are great for third graders:
Characters, Settings, and Events
Opinion Piece - Persuasive Writing
Complete Paragraph Writing Bundle
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