Ages: 5 and up
Grades: K and up
Author: Marilyn Toomey
Direct instruction is required for some students to learn the art of inferencing. Students experiencing language difficulties often have a tough time drawing inferences and have even more difficulty explaining their reasoning. In this book students learn how to use inferential reasoning by using four sensible steps:
- Recognize information that’s given.
- Identify missing information that is usually found in one’s own store of knowledge or experience.
- Combine information from BOTH sources.
- Tell how they figured it out!
Students are encouraged to use this method of inference throughout the book:
- from very simple activities where missing parts or objects or animals are identified
- to picture sequences where one of the pictures is missing.
- to pictured events with questions to guide them to figure out what probably happened.
- to tasks where students must answer questions identifying specific types of missing information.
- all the way to recognizing probable vs. improbable reasons for outcome.
Use the activities in this book to build your students’ skills and grow their confidence in their ability to use inference to figure things out!
Includes: 113 ages, reproducible