I wonder if you have made an inference today?

Did you look outside to see if you needed to bring an umbrella with you today?

Did you go talk to someone or avoid talking to someone based on how you thought their day was going?

What prompted you to select the last book that you read? The cover? The title? The author? The size?

We make inferences all the time …. and most of the time don’t even realize we are making them. As I was looking through the gallery to choose a new book to read, I saw an a book cover that caught my attention.

Based on the image, I thought it would be a fun book to read …

But there was a problem …

I am unable to read the language in which the book is written … Czech.

So I am going to use my imagination, creativity, and inference skills to create a story to go along with the images in the story.

I may create a new story for each page or figure out a way to construct a plot line to bring together all the pages … I am just going to have to see what happens.

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I have a challenge for you …

I want you to find a book and create a story (or several stories) based on the inferences you make from the illustrations ….

(hint: it might be better for you to pick a book in another language so that you won’t be influenced by the author’s original story)

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Here are some other things I found to help with the making inferences skill (most of them are from Thinkfinity Content Partners):

  • Here is a 3 column graphic organizer I used in that past: Facts, What does this makes me think, Why. I had my students fold a piece of notebook paper to make three columns rather than running them copies all the time … turn the notebook paper sideways and fold the paper so that all the holes line up … I know the columns are not equal, but it works.
  • High Quality Picture Books are great for inferences. There are a lot of great ideas in thisReadWriteThink lesson that could be use with various authors/books. Your media specialist would be a good resource as well.
  • Even having students write a story to go along with the images in a wordless picture book would be great for inferences and noticing detail … then discuss why student included certain things in what they wrote … what from the image cause you to infer that for the story ….
  • Exploring/Discussing/Writing about images (Historical Images, Advertisements, and even Abstract Art) can be a good way to emphasize making inferences …. mood, action, purpose, feeling, time …. even connecting images with text …. talk about the pictures that form in a student’s mind when they read text, why do those particular pictures form …. what in the text makes you think/see that) The Library of Congress site is a good source for historical images and such (there is even a teacher section that talks about using primary sources).  ArtsEdge is a good place to find images of art and information about the arts.

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