This powerpoint lesson is designed to scaffold children's learning as they practice the higher-order thinking skill of making inferences. "The Big Wave," by Pearl S. Buck, is a wonderful story filled with subtly stated emotion; and serves as the perfect choice for students to make inferences. The lesson supports students and provides sentence frames to be used to guide students as to how to correctly state an inference. The story and the lesson also serve to promote introspection as the students relate the text to their own lives and discuss the events with their peers. This lesson is designed to accompany the Open Court Reading Series.