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Friday, April 8

Teach Inferencing Like a Boss with Inferring Worksheets

Teaching inferencing can be a challenge. Honestly, when I first started teaching I found myself Googling, “what is an inference?” It took a good deal of trial and error and years working around the kidney table with my kiddos before I finally felt like I had figured inference instruction out. Targeted reading instruction is my favorite method of guided reading instruction. So how can you teach targeted inference skills? How can you help your kiddos master inferring understandings? Read more to learn how I teach reading inference skills with ease using inferring worksheets, videos, inferring anchor charts, and more.


What is an Inference? 

When I first introduce the inferring concept to my students, I use video. I try to teach multiple intelligences as much as possible, so incorporating a technology component to an otherwise visual-auditory lesson is a plus. My favorite video to us when I teach inference is the Inferring video from Brain Pop Jr. You can explore that video by clicking HERE. I love this video because it does an excellent job of boiling down the inferring concept and using basic inferring examples that we can use as a stepping stone later in our lesson. 


Using Inferring Anchor Charts:

Using visual tools to anchor student learning is a must-do. I love using colorful visuals like my inferring anchor chart when introducing and practicing inferring reading skills. I use the inferring anchor chart to break down how to infer, step by step. Once my students have a firm foundation for what an inference is, it is time to practice! I use inferring worksheets that pair with my inferring anchor chart to practice applying inference skills in texts. You can explore the inferring anchor chart and inferring worksheets that I use by clicking HERE.


Using Inferring Worksheets:

After I demonstrate inferring and work through examples alongside my students, it is time for them to show their inferencing knowledge. I accomplish this through inferring worksheets. These worksheets are easy, engaging, and no prep. I love using inferring worksheets initially at the guided reading table, then as independent practice. Using inferring worksheets allows my students to demonstrate their inference knowledge and push their thinking by requiring them to provide text evidence to support their thinking. You can grab their inferring worksheets that I use FOR FREE by clicking HERE now.


After my students are getting their groove with inference, I expand their opportunities to work on inferencing. I provide my students with a different inferring worksheet, an inference graphic organizer. This is a graphic organizer that allows my students to continue working on their inferencing skills inside the books that they are currently reading. If you want to explore the inferring worksheets/ graphic organizers that I use, click THIS LINK.