Kickstart students’ inferring skills with this engaging activity! Dirtbikes, dogs, baseball, skateboards, mountains…kids will be hooked! With over 30 high interest photographs, this download will provide your students with an activity to hone their inferential skills. When inferring and drawing conclusions in text, students need to gather evidence from the words and pictures and integrate that with their background knowledge to make a logical inference. This download is an engaging activity to use with students before digging into text. Through observation and discussion, students will view parts, or clues, of each photograph (revealed through animations via PPT or by opening flaps of a file folder) and make logical inferences after integrating all “clues”.
You may wish to introduce this activity via the PowerPoint in whole group and eventually print some photographs for students to use independently or with partners. The ultimate goal is for students to be able to articulate the strategies they use to make inferences and describe how they arrived at their inference.
The PowerPoint activity requires ZERO prep! Just have the questions handy and you are ready to use with students! When using the PowerPoint file, facilitate learning by clicking once and revealing a portion of the picture. Allow students to observe the evidence and ask questions from the guide as needed. Through discussion of each revealed piece, students will eventually make an inference/draw a conclusion about the photograph. Students will love finding out if their inference is correct!
Once students understanding the process, you may decide to select and print photographs for students to use independently or with partners. Secure selected photographs in a file, cut window flaps, and number. Students will be able to apply their inferring skills using a provided graphic organizer.
This is a zip file download. Once downloaded, you will have two files. First, a PDF that includes all photographs, teacher questioning guides, graphic organizer, exit tickets, teacher language, and guidelines and directions for use. The PDF has 51 pages total (32 photographs, teacher questioning guide for each photograph, explanations). Second, a PowerPoint to display for students that includes animations for revealing each of the three photo clues, as well as slides displaying the objective, strategies for drawing conclusions, and a summary slide. The PowerPoint includes 36 total slides (32 animated slides to reveal pictures and 4 introductory/summary slides).
Thank you for your interest! Please let me know if you have any questions!