Directions For the Teacher
Model Inferring from Facts in Informational Text:
Read a non ction book with a group of students. Using chart paper, write a fact from the book you have just read. For example; Only birds have feathers.
Discuss questions about this fact. For example; “If I see an animal with feathers is it a bird?”, or “Can any animals without feathers y?”, or “Does a bat have feathers and is it a bird?”
Practice Inferring Together as a Group:
Use the same statement, or another, from the book and now ask students to talk to each other about it.
Ask students to share what they talked about. Say something like, “Does anyone have some information that this fact makes us think about?” Post these questions, or inferences, on the chart paper.
Explain to the students that when we make a guess about what might be right, based on facts we read, we are making an inference.
Use the Think About It graphic organizer to have students record their own thoughts from a non ction book they have read. Have them work individually, or in pairs, to complete the graphic organizer. Have them write three facts they read in their book and then record what it makes them think about (infer) and why.