Making inferences is the process of drawing a conclusion based on evidence and reasoning. It is a skill that involves using prior knowledge and observations to draw conclusions about a situation.
Making inferences requires understanding the relationships between ideas and using evidence to support conclusions.
When making inferences, it is important to consider all possible interpretations of the evidence before drawing conclusions.
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Students can use the process of making inferences to predict future outcomes. Inferences can be used to gain a better understanding of the world around us. Making inferences is not only used in reading, but can also be applied to everyday conversations and interactions.
What are some of the ways we can make inferences about a text?
What do you think are the most important skills to use when making inferences?
How did you use the skill of making inferences in your reading today?
What strategies have you used in the past to help you make inferences when reading?
Brain break: Draw a monkey juggling bananas while standing on one leg
Based on the information provided, what can you infer? John is carrying an umbrella and wearing a raincoat.
- It is raining
- It is sunny
- He likes umbrellas
Sarah has a basketball, sneakers, and a water bottle. What can you infer?
- She is going to play basketball
- She is going for a run
- She likes sports
Tommy has a backpack filled with books. What can you infer?
- He likes to read
- He is a student
- He is going on vacation
Samantha just bought ingredients like flour, sugar, and baking powder. What can you infer?
- She will bake something
- She doesn't like sweets
- She enjoys cooking shows
You see Lucy with her camera, tripod and map of the city. What can you infer?
- Lucy plans on taking photographs
- Lucy wants to be a tourist guide
- Lucy wants to go hiking
Work together in pairs: What are three strategies you can use to make inferences while reading?