Observations and Inferences

Help learners distinguish between observations and inferences with a straightforward practice worksheet. After they review the difference between what they see and what they infer, class members take a look at 16 statements and decide which are inferences.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a language arts class for literature, or in a science class before beginning an experiment based on observation
  • Add to a homework packet to prepare class members for the next day's lesson on inferences
  • Have pupils make their own lists of observations and inferences based on their classroom or homes
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity only takes up one side of one page, making it easy to include in any unit
Pros

  • Provides an explanation of observations and inferences to help learners tell the difference
  • Applicable to any class that requires critical thinking and observational skills
Cons

  • None
Common Core