This is a 21 page common core-aligned unit that focuses on the critical thinking skill, inferences.
The topics are high interest boy topics and girl topics: snakes, space, Golden Retrievers, Superman, Batman, Poison Ivy Rash, SpongeBob, Cupcakes, Killer Bees, American Girl Dolls, Ships, and Airplanes.
Each topic has one paragraph and 3 inference questions. Each card has a color picture. For example, there is one paragraph about killer bees. 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. Guided mini lessons are included to teach this skill. Also Included are lesson instructions, two example paragraphs, 10 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.
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.
Also, if you like this lesson, you should check out some of my others:
Close Reading Killer Whales
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Close Reading Yellowstone Wolves
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