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Third graders make inferences from pictures, using clues based on basic signal words (who, what, when, where, why, and how). They create clues for their peers to make inferences about the picture after "hiding" it on a Microsoft PowerPoint slide.
How do you know what a character's personality is like if an author doesn't tell you? With a focus on character development in Esperanza Rising, pupils complete a jigsaw activity to analyze the actions of Mama, Abuelita, and Miguel. Once group members have shared with their expert group and their own group of three, they compare and contrast the other characters to Esperanza. Class members must make inferences using author details and character behavior. During this well-sequenced lesson, learners will complete a quiz, participate in a jigsaw activity, create posters and charts, and write briefly for an exit ticket, and close with a discussion about human rights.
Help your class make text-to-self connections by associating real-life events with the events in the story "Dancing with the Indians" by Angela Shelf Medearis. They identify events from the story, complete a think sheet, and record a personal, real-life event that relates to an event from the story.
Students explore independent reading strategies. In this fiction guided reading lesson, students take a picture walk through the book A Chair for My Mother, then predict  the plot of the story.   Students read the book independently and answer comprehension questions orally.
Practice using meta-cognitive techniques by writing reflective notes while reading. Class members read various scientific and historical texts and test certain reading strategies to see which improve comprehension most.
Help primary school pupils learn valuable reading strategies. As they choral read a poster or big book, they predict covered words and learn various reading strategies for figuring out an unknown word. This will help them gain an understanding of the alphabetic principle of associating sounds with letters in order to decode tricky words. Strategies taught include: using context, rereading, using pictures, and chunking. This could benefit your English language learners, too!
What does the range really say about a population? Help your mathematicians make inferences about the range by comparing two populations. Young scholars learn by reading a line plot and double bar graph. The video is part of a series that help learners understand comparative inferences about two populations.   
Students read and make inferences.  In this inferences lesson, students read incomplete paragraphs and determine what should be added to make a complete thought.  Afterwards, students compelte a reflection activity. 
Help your learners identify the inferences they make every day with this SMART board lesson. With a comic strip in the first presentation slide, they make inferences about the situation. A discussion addresses what type of prior knowledge they needed in order to understand the comic. This resource also guides into an activity that provides practice making inferences. Though designed for special education pupils, the lesson could work in any class setting.
Do your youngsters realize that they are constantly making inferences? Expose this inner process by bringing out the book they will be reading. Ask scholars what they think the plan is, and explain that their answers are the product of context clues and prior experience. They complete a graphic organizer while reading, coming up with three inferences. For each, readers record context clues and prior knowledge. Be sure to explain that their inferences need not be correct, simply logical. Model this before independent practice. There are questions here to drive thinking further; use them!
Fourth graders draw conclusions and make inferences by first seeing the teacher model the behavior and then practicing it on their own.
Reading strategies that realy work. Here is an introduction of six active reading strategies to improve reading comprehension. Super helpful for newer teachers.
Start off your day with a quick reading comprehension quiz about chapter three of Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. After they complete the quiz, pupils participate in a discussion and look closely at the text. A strong Common Core designed lesson, the activities described here focus on discussing the text in groups, making inferences, responding to text-dependent questions, and using evidence. The lesson is nicely organized, with an entrance ticket and an exit ticket to tie the activities together.
In the first lesson of this unit on colonial trade, fourth graders gain background knowledge of different jobs performed by early colonists. The class begins with a slide show presentation that includes a variety of great photographs depicting different trades in colonial America, during which learners work in small groups to take notes and make inferences about each occupation. Following the slide show, young historians practice their ability to identify the main idea and supporting details of informational text, as the teacher reads aloud a short document about craftspeople in colonial America. An excellent introductory lesson, as young scholars will continue in this unit to become experts on a specific trade in order to better understand life in colonial America. Note that the slide show presentation does require access to the Internet and the ability to project from a computer onto a larger screen.      
Improve class understanding of colonial times by reading an informational text and filling out the accompanying graphic organizer. Class members work with a partner to read, take notes, make inferences, and synthesize information.The activity does not provide a copy of If You Lived in Colonial Times, so you will need to find the text. Since the series of lessons only uses parts of the text, you could probably buy one book and make a class set for your learners. 
Hold a book club for your learners! Youngsters join in a book club to enhance their reading and speaking skills. Young readers participate in a book club where they read specially selected books and write or draw a response to those books. They may have roles as the book club advances. Through this book club, young scholars, including English learners, develop reading strategies such as using picture clues.
Teach your class about colonial America through an examination of primary documents. First though, start vocabulary notebooks for content-specific and academic vocabulary. Pupils can keep this record during the entire module. Once this is set up, learners move on to act as historians and read the primary source Inventory of John Allen, making inferences and using evidence from the text as support. The file includes all of the materials except for the pages class members are supposed to read for homework.
Allow your class to figure out what they will be studying through an inquiry-based anticipatory set that involves analysis of mystery documents and practice with making inferences. The lesson document includes a detailed description of procedures as well as the mystery items and graphic organizers that your class will need to complete the assignment. The plan also calls for learners to read a couple of pages from a book; these are not provided, but should not be too difficult to find. Part of a module, the lesson is a strong Common Core designed plan that will get your kids excited about colonial America!
Prejudice? Religious intolerance? Political sedition? Class distinction? Plight of women? Voltaire satire, anyone? A literary newspaper offers an opportunity for readers of Candide to make text-to-self and text-to-world connections as they analyze themes in the novella and connect them to current events. Complete directions for crafting the paper are included.
Young readers consider text-to-self connections. Learners discover the text-to-self connection as they read Flora's Box by Tina Althaide. They practice high frequency words, prepositions, and 1:1 correspondence.