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Inference Games and Activities
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Edited & published by ElizabethWistrom (14,017 pts ) on Nov 30, 2009
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Looking for some fun ways to teach your class about making inferences? These
inference activities are the perfect way to help your students understand how to make
inferences – while keeping them engaged in the learning process the entire time.
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White out the speech bubbles on several comic strips and photocopy them for the class
to use. Have groups of students decide what might be going on in each frame of the
comic strip. After they finish, encourage them to share their ideas with the class, as well
as why they made those inferences from the pictures.
Inferences vs. Facts
It is important for students to differentiate between facts and inferences, and this
inference activity will help them to do just that. After reading a story, make a two-column
chart on the board with the headings “Fact” and “Inference.” Then write various facts or
inferences on sentence strips and have students put each sentence into the appropriate
column. Talk to them about the difference between the facts and the inferences. Make
sure that they understand that you can point to a fact in the text, whereas with an
inference, you can point to something in the text that seems to hint at the inference.
Make sure that students are able to point at the sentence in the text that helps them
make that inference.
Guess the Definition
Show students how to use inferences to understand unfamiliar vocabulary words. For
example, write several sentences on the board such as “I didn’t want to abseculate
again this winter. Last time I did it I broke my arm going down a steep hill.” Make a list of
facts that students know about the nonsense word “abseculate” from reading the
sentences, such as the facts that it can be done in the winter and it involves hills. Then
have students come up with inferences that they can make about the word abseculate,
such as the ideas that it probably requires snow and involves going very quickly.
Help students to extend these inference activities to real-life applications by choosing a
real sentence in a text that contains a difficult word that can be understood from context.
Have students use the same process to try to infer what the word might mean.
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Reading Strategy Lesson Plans: Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions
Wondering how to teach your students about making inferences and drawing
conclusions? The strategies are related but different, and they can be taught in similar
ways. This series of articles explains how to teach the strategies and includes activities
that can help your students learn them.
• 1. Inference Games and Activities
• 2. Lesson Plans on Reading Strategies: Drawing Conclusions
• 3. Activities for Drawing Conclusions
• 4. Teaching Students to Make Inferences
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