What Does it Mean to Make Inferences?
Making inferences is when students draw conclusions from the text using the text clues and their background knowledge. Essentially, students are trying to figure out what the author doesn’t explicitly tell them in the text. It’s a higher-level thinking skill and involves “thinking beyond the text.”
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As “Reading Detectives,” students have to search for clues and information from the text to use as evidence. After collecting the evidence, they have to connect it with what they already know to draw conclusions about the text. Students use their detective skills to fill-in the missing pieces, make inferences, and understand the “Big Picture” of a story.
In this resource, students will love putting on their “detective hats” to practice making inferences. The engaging materials include posters, discussion cards, and an original “I’m a Reading Detective!” strategy poem.
How do you teach students to make inferences?
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