This is a 22 page common core-aligned unit that focuses on the critical thinking skill, inferences.
The topics are high interest stories about monsters. They are written to practice the skill, inferring.
Each topic has one paragraph and 3 inference questions. Each card has a color picture. For example, there is one paragraph about a monster who is fixing her hair. All the clues are given, but the paragraph never tells exactly what she is doing. The students have to infer that she is curling her hair. Then students answer the 3 inference questions on their answer sheet. They have to give facts from the paragraph and background knowledge to support their answers. There are also several paragraphs that give facts/clues to a monster's character/personality, and then they have to pick the word that best describes them.
Guided mini lessons are included to teach this skill. Also Included are lesson instructions, 12 task cards, and 3 different choices for answer sheets. Finally, there is a rubric.
You could use this as a whole class lesson, guided reading lesson, or as a literacy center. You could even give this to an aide or a parent volunteer as a structured way to practice the skill.
Common Core Standard:
English Language Arts Standards: Reading: Informational Text : Grade 5
Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
You can use these worksheets and cards however you like, as every teacher has their own teaching style. I have literacy centers set up, so these just fit perfectly. I use them to introduce inferences, and then as a literacy center. You could also use it as a guided reading skill lesson.
Basically, I start each day with a 5-10 minute mini-lesson. I do this for the first 5 days. Then, the following week, I set up the literacy center. I laminate the 10 inference cards. I print them out on tag board. On one side I glue the picture, and on the other side I glue the paragraph.
I make lots of copies of the answer sheet. I put everything into a folder. Then, students choose a card. They read it, fill out an answer sheet. There are 10 cards, so that gives them choices and I expect them to do at least one each day. At the end of the week, I have them pick one answer sheet to turn in for a grade.