Reading & Language Comprehension with Text Messages | Inferencing and more!

Mia McDaniel
Grade Levels
4th - 9th, Homeschool
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16 pages
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Mia McDaniel


Who isn't hooked on their smart phones these days? This high interest, relevant, and real-world language activity will engage your students in the classroom or in speech language therapy. The short text message conversations allow our students (who are often struggling readers) to read confidently and use these relatable situations to practice a variety of language skills (see the list below). They also spark great conversations!

⚠️ Be sure to check out the preview to see much more!

How to use and and which skills are targeted;

► Students (or you) read the text messages one at a time, and then discuss them using the questions included below the iPhone graphics.

► The questions provided require students to read (and possibly re-read) carefully for details, use critical thinking and apply observations (such as the time of day and names of the parties involved). Students are asked to perform these crucial academic language skills: make predictions, draw conclusions, make inferences, analyze emotions, describe mood, use context clues to decipher words, interpret feelings, explain figurative language, tell the main idea, justify their answers, cite proof from the text, and the like. A whole range of language skills are applied through this simple activity, and students aren't bogged down in lenghty text.

► This resource is also useful for discussing the “dos and don’ts” of conversations (when communication verbally OR through texting). Topics like repairing conversations, showing sympathy, showing support, and expressing disappointment can easily be tackled using these cards.

What's in this download

► 36 text message conversation cards along with 4-7 questions per conversation

► 6 cards featuring blank phone screens for you or your students to write on (in case there are specific scenarios you want to address or in case you want to challenge students to write their own conversations)

► 6 wild cards to use when you the whole set of cards as a game (described in the download and preview)

► Instructions for use (with options)

► a make-your-own-jean-pocket to hold the cards if desired

► The aligned Common Core Standards for grades 4-8

If you enjoy this activity, here are some related activities using text messages/cell phones and making inferences that you may also enjoy:

Cell phone Role Play Activity Freebie

Cell phone Role Play Activity Part 2

Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions with Text Messages

Articulation Text Messages

Inferences and WHO Questions Boom Cards™

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