Inference Fun

Yes, that's right.  Inference and Fun in the same post title.  That's pretty bold.  We're back to school this week, and I'm pretty sure their brains aren't going to be fully functioning back on a school schedule.  Mine's certainly not!  We're working on inference this week.  I'm going to follow up this week with some heavy duty lessons from the Comprehension Toolkit.  First, I want to help them see that their brain does a lot of filling in the blanks. Or inferring.  This week was sort of like Inference Light.

So, I spent a lot of time coming up with this amazing lessons.  Okay.  That's a lie.  I got on Pinterest.  I even started an entire Inference board.  That counts, right?  Here were the ideas that guided my inference lessons this week.  Starting with Leslie Ann from Life in First Grade.

Um, fun, right?  Dig in your teacher's purse?  I adapted this by taking pictures of objects in my purse and my teaching partner's purse and putting all the pictures into a Mimio file.  I tried to take a mix of items they would know are mine, know are my teaching partner's, and some that could work for either of us.
It wasn't the deepest of activities, but I wanted something simple to show them that their brain sees objects (or hears something or reads words) and puts it together with what they already know to make an inference.
We used these pictures to complete this activity:

This is the most awesome pin.  It's actually an  entire board of super awesome pictures and questions to help kids make inferences created by Rachel Lynette of Minds in Bloom.

I used the pictures to make my first scoot activity.  I'm jumping on the scoot bandwagon.  Just a mini scoot, though.  I made a set of six pages that look like this:
They'll record they're answers here:

And finally, an inferring song! Seriously!  Since, the Pinterest link is broken, and I can't carry a tune in a bucket, I consulted my trusty teaching partner.  Teaching With Moxie says she thinks it's to the tune of The Addams Family.  I think she's right!

We then connected these lessons to making inferences about the story we were reading.  Making inferences is a tricky concept for kiddos.  I'm hoping these lessons will serve as anchors for the rest of the school year when we make inferences in the books we're reading.  A girl can hope, right?


  1. Hi Megan!
    I am going right over to check out your pinterest inference board! LOVE doing activities like these! Thanks for posting!!

  2. Three things:
    1. Did the kids love seeing what is in your purse?
    2. The Comprehension Toolkit is the bomb-diggity.
    3. The Inference Scoot is adorbs.

    My Teacher Friend

  3. Super cute! I'm totally stealing all of this from you!! :O)

    Thank you for sharing!! And I have a Mimio too!! Yay!! I haven't used it as much since I moved to 4th. I need to!! You are motivating me!!


  4. The kids could not wait to tell me about this lesson when they came to me in the afternoon. They LOVED it! They were so excited to tell me what they recognized that was mine. I thin they will always remember it! And as an added bonus, I don't think I will ever lose my white pens to them again. = )

    Teaching With Moxie

  5. Oh my gosh! I have the purse thing pinned too and hasn't gotten around to it, but I LOVE the idea of using pictures instead of the real thing, as well as using a neighbor's purse as well!! Yay! Thanks! Love it!

  6. Looks really strong, I'm impressed! And yes, Pinterest does count!!
    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  7. So much fun! I think teaching inferences has become one of my favorite things...all thanks to pinterest :)


    Sparkly, Quirky Lifebox

    The Quirky Apple

  8. What a fun way to learn about inferences!

    The Techie Teacher

  9. So cute! I did this activity with my kiddos last year and they loved it!