A Spotlight on Strategies by Ashley Gregory
Good readers make inferences- they "read betwen the lines" to draw conclusions.
Third Grade Inferencing Standards:
CC.1.2.3.B: Ask and answer questions about the text and make inferences from text; refer to the text to support responses
CC.1.3.3.G: Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).
CC.1.4.3.S Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research, applying grade-level reading standards for literature and informational texts.
Example: Inferencing with Context Clues
Students will then be using the Inferencing with Context Clues graphic organizer (pictured below) to identify the meaning of unknown vocabulary words in the picture book The Fantastc Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. This activity will be a teacher-guided whole-group lesson designed to be finished in small-group centers following the whole-group instruction portion.
Students will take turns making an infernces on each page using a post-it sticky. The pair must agree with the inference chosen. The pair will discuss how the context clues led them to come up with this inference and verbally discuss as they work through the book.
Each pair will share one page of the story and their inference in whole-group to tie the activity together.
Teacher will assess through post-it stickys, anecdotal records, and/or teacher observation.
*Optional digital media extension: Have students track ONE inference from each book on their student blog under the tab "Making Inferences". At the closing of the unit, students can look back and see just how often they made inferences and how important the strategy of making inferences is!
Tuesday by David Wiesner
Students can read or watch Tuesday by David Wiesner.
Free fall by David Wiesner
Students can read or watch Free fall by David Wiesner.
Libraries ACT. (Photographer). (2009, Oct 1). Reading together [digital image]. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/1XcvC1u
Harvey, S., & Goudvis, A. (2000). Strategies that work: Teaching comprehension to enhance understanding. York, Me.: Stenhouse.
Websites/ Technology Integration:
Common Core State Standards Initiative. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/3/
Inferences. (2015, February). Retrieved April 4, 2016, from https://www.teachervision.com/skill-builder/reading-comprehension/48611.html
[Grubb, Michael]. (2013, Dec 18). Tuesday. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV5LOHdrdP8
[ChrisH22]. (2007, Nov 8). Free fall by David Wiesner. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e8MxrPaa9c
[Ginder, Amy]. (20015, Jan 12). Making inferences- partly cloudy. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCmTlK_rb0U
Findley, Jennifer. (2013, Nov 29). Collaboration cuties: how to use mentor text. [blog post]. Retrieved from http://allthingsupperelementary.blogspot.com/2013_11_01_archive.html