Last week we wrapped up our mini unit on making inferences. We will revisit making inferences again in February but I knew I needed to tackle this a bit early with my group this year. Some of them are such advanced “thinkers!” They did a fabulous job with all of our activities.
We started by understanding what an inference is. We used the thinking stems on the anchor chart to begin our thoughts when we discussed our inferences aloud. I had 2 rules. #1: They had to verbally answer or speak in a complete sentence. #2: Their thought had to begin with one of the thinking stems on our chart. This really helped my students clearly and completely express their thinking about the texts we studied.