Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Making Inferences, and supports the standard of referring to details and examples in a text drawing inferences from the text. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display this image:

Ask students:

  • How might this person be feeling?
  • What details in the picture support your inference? 

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Assign the Making Inferences Challenge and Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND

Students express what they learned about making inferences while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie:Produce an interview with a movie star that uses details to imply they are snobby.  
  • Make-a-Map: Create a concept map identifying observations that might lead you to infer that someone is worried. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum exhibit with artifacts representing your favorite place. Challenge a classmate to use the artifacts to infer the place. 

More to Explore 

Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case:  Unravel the clues to make inferences about mysterious artifacts.

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