Inferences Using Informational Text is a 53 page set filled with worksheets, 2 sets of task cards, posters, games and fun activities, to help your students practice this very important reading strategy.
This set includes:
32 Picture Inference Task Cards
32 What is it? Inference Task 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 Historical Text Worksheet: Pizza's Early History
Inferences from Historical Text Worksheet: Basketball's Invention
Inferences and Evidence from Scientific Text: Comets
Inferences and Evidence from Technical Text: How to Make a Volcano
Inferences and Evidence from Historical Text: Pony Express Riders
Inference Question Types Handout/Mini-Poster
Question Types Poster
There are two sets of task cards included. Both sets include pictures which 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?" and has pictures of little known objects or antique items like an old washing machine or an early telephone and asks kids to make inferences by looking at the object, as well as reading the clue on each card. Task cards are great for centers, whole class or partner activity. I especially like to use them as a rotating station activity.
The activities included 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 inferring from the text.
The worksheets included are double sided and contain interesting nonfiction text with intriguing topics that you and your students will enjoy. Worksheets require kids to answer questions that are expressed explicitly in the text, as well as implied. Some of the worksheets also ask students to locate specific parts of the text to support their answers.
The graphic organizer 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 can't say enough about how excited I am about teaching this unit. It screams "fun"…okay... fun AND good learning experiences.
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're looking for more Common Core materials, please check these out:
Main Ideas, Supporting Details and Summary
Cause and Effect from Informational Text: 4th and 5th Grade Common Core
Text Evidence Using Informational Text: Common Core 4th and 5th Grade
Characters, Settings, and Events: Common Core 4th and 5th Grade
Themes in Literature: Common Core for 4th and 5th Grade
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