After several years of working with students to understand how to make inferences, I created this PowerPoint presentation to have them practice with pictures. Using Norman Rockwell paintings and photographs from National Geographic, students first observe, then infer, and finally make prediction. Talking about what they see is challenging at first, because they want to jump to making inferences. And that's good!
I used these slides initially with the whole class, then had them work in small groups or with partners. By the final slide, they understood the differences between these three important skills!
The final slide includes questions from The Sweetest Fig by Chris Van Allsburg. Have your students progress from this presentation to a picture book, followed by scaffolded text, and finally their own independent reading (or a text of your choosing.)
All the lesson plans and materials (text, exit slips, graphic organizers, homework sheets) that start with this PowerPoint presentation are now available in a bundle with this PowerPoint included. If you want the lesson plans, buy the product for 2nd-4th grades or 5th-8th grades instead.
Making Observations, Inferences, and Predictions Bundle