What our Making Inferences lesson plan includes
Lesson Objectives and Overview: Making Inferences introduces students to how to make inferences from context clues and other textual evidence, along with what you already know, and why that is an important skill for them to have. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to identify the steps for making inferences when reading and will be able to make inferences based on text. This lesson is for students in 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade.
Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the green box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. The equipment you’ll need for this lesson includes whiteboards, writing materials, materials for anchor charts, paper, and the handouts. To prepare for this lesson ahead of time, you can gather the supplies and copy the handouts.
Options for Lesson
Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. The suggestions for this lesson provide a guide for which parts of the lesson you can administer on which of the two days scheduled for the lesson. For example, for day one, it suggests having students learn the general concept of inferences and make inferences with the guidance of their teacher, using a sample passage.
The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. It notes that it’s very important for students to learn this skill, as without it they will only be able to recognize explicitly stated facts in text. This is important for their own understanding and for standardized testing. This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.
MAKING INFERENCES LESSON PLAN CONTENT PAGES
The Making Inferences lesson plan does not include any content pages. Rather, it provides a very detailed lesson plan, found on the two Classroom Procedure pages. It also includes two sample passages for students to practice with, in addition to the worksheets.
MAKING INFERENCES LESSON PLAN WORKSHEETS
The Making Inferences lesson plan includes four worksheets: two activity worksheets, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.
MAKING INFERENCES ACTIVITY WORKSHEETS
For both activity worksheets, students will read a passage and used their inferencing steps to answer the questions. It reminds students that the steps are reading the text, looking for clues, combining what they’ve read with what they already know, and making an inference.
Some of the questions ask what characters are feeling, where they are, and who certain characters are. It also asks for specific clues from the text and background information for each answer.
COMPLETE THE CHART PRACTICE WORKSHEET
The practice worksheet asks students to fill in the blanks in a chart that lists the steps of inferencing. They will then read a short sample passage and make specific inferences based on the text (with text clues to support their claims).
TEXT CLUES HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT
For the homework assignment, students will actively read a passage and highlight or underline at least three text clues that will help them use inference to answer a specific question about the text. The worksheet walks them through several steps to find the correct answer.
Worksheet Answer Keys
This lesson plan includes answer keys for both activity worksheets, the practice worksheet, and the homework assignment. It also includes an answer key for the provided sample passage. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.