As we know, teaching inferences to students can sometimes be a difficult task. Many students are grounded in concrete thinking with only correct and incorrect answers as viable options. When we ask them to step outside of their comfort zones and infer, the risk taking can be a bit daunting. This engaging worksheet allows students to creatively take what they know, combine it with what their senses are revealing to them, and to make an inference. Of course, many inferences can be subjective and personal depending on background knowledge; therefore, the examples in this worksheet allow for both creative and higher-order thinking in a risk-free activity. Different interpretations of the same inference can generate interesting and valuable class discussion and debate. As a wrap-up activity, the challenge of creating the best inference in the class is fun, engaging, and highly motivating, even for the most reluctant learner.
Note: This activity is best suited for advanced students in grades 4 and 5; for on-grade-level students in grades 6 and 7; and for struggling readers in grades 8 and above.