Keep language therapy fun, exciting and engaging. Answering “INFERENCING” questions is a higher-level abstract reasoning skill. Explicity teaching and reinforcing inference making leads to better outcomes in overall reading and listening comprehenson and abstract reasoing. It requires students to make educated guesses based on previous knowledge and experiences. This game targets the development of the student’s ability in the area INFERENCING. It assists young children in developing their verbal reasoning skills. “INFERENCING BINGO” provides therapists with a fun and motivating game to use with their school aged students. This game allows therapy sessions to be motivating as well as productive. It was also made with the non-reader in mind. The preparation time is extremely minimal for the therapist and the game format is simple for even the youngest students.
• LOCATION INFERENCES
• ACTION INFERENCES
• AGENT INFERENCES
• OBJECT INFERENCES
• FEELING INFERENCES
• TIME INFERENCES
➢ Oral expression
➢ Critical thinking
Begin by reviewing with your students what an inference is by using the enclosed signs. Discuss together.
(two to ten players)
• PREPARE THE GAME: To play game, you need to print out the deck of INFERENCE QUSETION cards and at least one BINGO GAME BOARD for each player. Each player will also need approximately 25 pennies or chips to mark their board.
• Distribute a BINGO GAME BOARD to each student. Students may place their first chip/penny on the FREE SPACE on their game board.
• The therapist picks cards from the deck, reads it and chooses a student to answer the question. If any player has the answer on their board, they cover it with a penny or chip. Students can also cite evidence they used to draw the conclusion.
• Choose one of the game options below. The winner is the first person to cover all their effects in one of the following predetermined patterns that you choose to use:
• BLACKOUT BINGO--All squares or the player with the most squares covered at the end of the allotted time wins. This is the most common way to play BINGO!
• LINES BINGO-Must get 5 in a row either horizontally, diagonally OR vertically to make a line to get a BINGO
The winner calls out "BINGO!"
SMALL SAMPLE OF INFERENCES INCLUDED
• Jim woke up early one Sunday morning and looked outside the window. The sun was out and it was really hot. His dad called to Josh and said “It is a perfect day, don’t forget to bring a towel, pail and a shovel!”
Where were they going??(beach)
• John’s teammates cheered loudly when he hit a home run in the ninth inning. His team ended up winning the game?
Where is John? (baseball field)
• Danielle was talking loudly when she was asked to be quiet. Other people were reading and trying to concentrate?
Where was Danielle? (library)
• The boys in front of Vincent kept jumping out of their seats to get popcorn, candy and soda. It was annoying.
Where was Vincent? (movie theater)
• Jeff and his friends took a walk along 42nd Street. They decided to have dinner at a restaurant near the Empire State Building before going to a Broadway show.
Where were Jeff and his friends? (New York City)
• The eggs were collected and the cows were milked. Now Kathy could go in and make breakfast for her family.
Where was Kathy? (farm)
• The clowns came running in just as the acrobats finished their high-wire act. Erica noticed that the tent was completely filled with people.
Where was Erica? (circus)
• The rocking motion was making Peter quite sick. He could not wait to step on solid ground again!
Where was Peter? (a boat or ship)
• Mrs. Peters looked at the stack of tests in front of her. She wanted them all graded so she could have them back to her students tomorrow.
What did Mrs. Peters do? What was her job? (teacher)
• The clouds were thick and visibility was poor. Andrew wouldn’t be able to relax until he landed the plane.
What is Andrew’s job? (pilot)
• After the girl took their order, she brought water and a basket of bread to their table.
What was the girl’s job? (waitress)
• The waves were really big this morning. Larry ran home to get his board.
What was Larry going to do? (surf)
• Sally preheated the oven, She stirred everything together and then added chocolate chips?
What was Sally doing? (making cookies)
• The ball came swiftly at Ron. He had his racket in position and had no trouble hitting the ball within the court boundaries.
What was Ron doing? (playing tennis)
• Andrea put on her coat, got a leash and whistled.
What was Andrea going to do? (walk the dog)
• John opened the garage door and drove the care onto the driveway. He filled a pail with soapy water and hooked up the hose.
What was John going to do? (wash the car)
• The turkey was on the platter and my Dad made several slices before cutting off the leg.
What tool was my Dad using? (knife)
• Jerry decided to cut the grass even shorter than he did last week?
What device did Jerry use? (lawn mower)
• For this type of chart, Richard realized that the lines he was drawing had to be perfectly straight.
What device did he use? (ruler)
• My mom gets angry because my dad loves to “channel surf.”
What device does my dad use? remote control)
• After the dog and the kids ran in from the muddy yard, the kitchen floor looked dirty. Mom cleaned it in just a few minutes.
What device did mom use? (mop)
• The dogs were running around in the woods. Jim signaled the dogs that it was time for their dinner. He was glad that the dogs could hear the high-pitched sound. as he blew into it.
What device did Jim use? (whistle)