This weekend I spent some time looking over my inferencing unit. For the past few years I taught Grade 2/3 so this is my first year focusing on inferencing in a Grade 4 class. We use the Literacy Place reading program in our school and there is a really cool inferencing activity in the Grade 4 unit. There is a set of postcards between a grandmother and her granddaughter that all have clues that will help solve a mystery of a missing girl. I know it sounds very nerdy, but I am so excited to use them! But before we get started with them I will be reminding the students about inferencing using some shared reading activities.
One book that I will be using during this unit as a shared reading activity is:
To get us going with this unit I've made these little posters to remind my students what they need to do and use when making inferences. I've also made a few generic worksheets to use with our shared and guided reading activities. I included 8 little situation cards to use as think-pair-share activities to get us going with making inferences and giving reasons. Click here for a free copy of the mini-posters and activity sheets.
I will also be using this book during our unit to work on using context clues to determine the meaning of words. I like this book because it works on a number of different strategies. I usually use the strategies and worksheets as a little end of the day quick activity.