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Inferencing - Doodle Notes and Activities for making inferences - Sketchnotes

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4th - 7th
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Students often struggle with making inferences while reading. That’s because inferencing is a challenging skill! Help students develop their inferring skills with this incredibly fun and engaging mini-unit. It combines doodle notes where students sketch notes about how to make inferences AND actual learning activities to help students improve their reading comprehension skills. It’s fun and educational! First, students DOODLE and then they DO activities to help them showcase their learning!

Here’s how it works: First, students will complete highly engaging Doodle Notes about making inferences. They’ll learn what an inference is, how to make a logical inference, and even practice making inferences. Then, they’ll complete 5 activities to help them showcase their understanding of the reading skill. They’ll make inferences with a fun travel activity, doodle inferences, and read 3 different fiction and nonfiction reading passages.

This resource is completely customizable, too! First, the two types of doodle notes included (filled-in and guided notes versions) make it easy to differentiate instruction. Then, there are two instructional versions included in this resource! You can either put together a fun student packet with inferencing worksheets, or you can set up 5 learning stations. This way, you can create the very best learning experience for your students!

This 2-3 day mini-unit is not only effective in helping students understand how to make inferences while reading, it’s also incredibly engaging and fun!

Great News! This mini-unit is part of a Doodle and Do Reading Skills bundle! The bundle includes doodle notes and learning activities for Sequencing, Inferencing, Finding the Main Idea, Summarizing, and Fact and Opinion! Save big AND get students excited about reading with this Doodle and Do Reading Skills BUNDLE!

About the “Doodle” Notes:

First, students will learn how to make inferences by completing a set of doodle notes. Doodle notes are color-it-in, fill-it-in, and doodle-encouraging note sheets. They’re not only visually engaging, they’re also effective in helping students increase their focus and ability to recall information. Plus…they’re really fun! In this resource, there are 2 options of Doodle Notes:

  • Option 1: All the notes are filled in. With this option students will color, embellish, and add doodles to the notes as you review the information with the class.

  • Option 2: Some of the notes are filled in and students need to fill in the remainder of the notes (like guided notes). Students will work to fill in the notes as you teach the content.

About the “Do” Activities

After students complete their Doodle Notes it’s time for them to “Do” some fun activities. The activities are designed around lessons to help students practice the skill of inferencing. There are five activities in all:

  • Travel Inferences: Students review travel itineraries and collect clues about the cities that are described. Then, they combine the clues with their own background knowledge to make an inference. This cut-and-paste activity is hands-on and fun!

  • Doodle an Inference: Students take the “doodle” theme a bit further as they doodle the contents of gift boxes based on inferences that they make from gift tag descriptions.

  • 3 Reading Passages: Students read 3 different reading passage. Two passages are nonfiction. One passage is fiction. After reading each passage, students complete different tasks to make inferences.

This detailed “Doodle and Do” resource includes:

  • A detailed teacher overview of the resource
  • Lesson Plans – Instructional Option #1 – Gradual Release of Responsibility (student packets)
  • Lesson Plans – Instructional Option #2 – Learning Stations
  • Doodle Notes – Making Inferences (all filled-in)
  • Doodle Notes – Making Inferences (guided notes)
  • Passport – Travel itinerary shapes
  • Travel Inferences (2 pages)
  • Doodle an Inference
  • 3 Reading Passages – 2 nonfiction, 1 fiction
  • Learning Stations Cards (with student directions – to use if you choose to set up learning stations)
  • All Instructional Keys

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Total Pages
38 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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