These 64 Inferences Using Literature Task Cards (two sets) will help your students practice the important reading skill of making inferences. The task cards give your student focused practice using pictures and also riddles.
The first set of task cards are filled with high interest pictures of animals and people. Students are asked to look for clues in the pictures to make inferences. This is a great way to practice making inferences before diving into the text.
The other set of task cards is called "Inference Riddles" and gives students three clues and asks them to make an inference about the situation. For example, a card might have these clues: A half-eaten cake is on the counter covered in foil, A helium balloon hovers near the ground, Wrapping paper is in the trash… Students would hopefully infer that someone had recently had a party.
The task cards could be used for centers, in small groups, or even individually. Another option is to use one card at a time with the whole class. I like to keep a stack of cards on my desk that go with whatever concept we're working on and pull a few of them out to do together whenever we have a few extra minutes.
My favorite way to use task cards though, is to use them as a rotational activity. Simply print out the record sheet for each child and station the cards at different places around the room. You can call "Scoot" after a few minutes and kids rotate to the next station. Or depending upon the class, you can let the kids rotate to any card that's open. I love to send them on this "scavenger hunt" in buddies because I like to hear the kids collaborating on their answers. Kids love the movement too and it's always neat to see them really enjoying an activity and learning at the same time.
The task cards can be printed in color or grayscale and can be laminated and used again and again. Baggies are great to store them in or you could hole punch each card's corner and put them all on a ring, or store them in a plastic shoebox or photo box.
*****Please note: These task card sets are also included in my Inferences Using Literature Units:
Inferences using Literature: 3rd - 5th Grades
If you'd like similar inference sets (one with pictures and the other with What is it? (inferences of objects with clues from the past) Please take a look at these:
Task Cards for Inferences Using Informational Text: 2nd - 5th grades
I also have a complete bundle of inference resources at a greatly reduced price. It has four sets of task cards, games, activities, and more! The bundle include inferences using literature and inferences using informational text. There's one for 3rd and another one for 4th/5th:
Inference Bundle for 3rd Grade
Inference Bundle for 4th/5th Grade
If you're looking for more reading resources, please check these out:
Reading Games: Fiction and Nonfiction Bundle | Reading Centers
Main Idea Kit for 3rd - 5th Grades
Elements of Poetry, Drama, and Prose for 3rd - 5th Grades
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