Thursday, May 31, 2012

Understanding how to infer or make an inference from text is often difficult for children. Children make inferences all the time without realizing exactly what they are doing. It is important to share with them that making inferences is like being a detective. You look at all the evidence or clues and put them together to come up with an idea about a situation.

I explain to them that often writers do not state the way a character feels or what’s happening in the story explicitly. Instead, they include details and we as readers must use these details to make inferences about what’s occurring in the story. When you infer, you use observations, prior knowledge and experiences, and details from the text to make connections and come up with ideas.

The following movement cards are a freebie and a great way to introduce students to inferences.  Have fun and enjoy!

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