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Old 09-09-2007, 05:15 AM
 
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I need suggestions on a quick way that we can revisit inferences everday. It is a skill that many of the students at my school struggle with. I need a way for them to practice it and me be able to assess it quickly everday.


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Do you want to have something in writting from the sts, or can it be oral? My stst have a lot of problems too, they are all ELL. What I have done is in a small group read a short story and just ask inference questions to each one of them. If I have to have a paper sample, I have use a short wkst for the sample. I don't know if this helps, but I hope so.
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It's going to have to be a short worksheet of some kind... due to the time constraints. Does anyone know of a resource... book... internet?
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Inference resources
Old 09-09-2007, 08:35 AM
 
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I don't know of a resource that gives that many inference questions but these may help:

I like to use poetry to introduce and practice inferences. I often use Reflections on a Gift of a Watermelon Pickle (http://www.amazon.com/Reflections-Wa.../dp/0688412319) I will read them a poem without telling them the title and they have to guess what it is about. Some good poems: Toaster and Apartment. For your purpose, you could type them up without the title and then have students explain what it is.

Here is a website that teaches about inferences: http://www.manatee.k12.fl.us/sites/e...ola/rcinf1.htm

Inference cards from that same website (8 cards total):
http://www.manatee.k12.fl.us/sites/e...1inference.htm

Inference examples (you could use one a day for 4 days):
http://www.rhlschool.com/read6n3.htm

Inference quiz:
http://www.quia.com/cz/50760.html

Comprehension Mini-lessons (book to buy):
http://shop.scholastic.com/webapp/wc...-1_10001_10002
I have this book and I would say that it has 3 or so pages of inference examples with probably 4 examples on a page. It does teach a good strategy for this skill.

Reading Passages that Build Comprehension: Inference (book to buy);
http://shop.scholastic.com/webapp/wc...-1_10001_10002
This is for grades 2-3 but you can view some sample pages to see if it is too easy.

There is also a book for Grades 4-8 but there is no information about it: http://shop.scholastic.com/webapp/wc...-1_10001_10002

Guided Reading Inference Lesson:
http://www.debfourblocks.com/lessons...%20lesson.html

Strategy Cluster 4 from Comprehension Toolkit is about making Inferences: http://www.comprehensiontoolkit.com/annotated.asp
These lessons are VERY good but they take awhile (about an hour for each lesson). I think they are really best with the other strategy clusters. They aren't a worksheet but it will help build better readers!
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More Inference Resources- Mainly from PT!
Old 09-09-2007, 09:05 AM
 
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Here are some more resources- we are starting inference soon so I wanted to take some time to see what's available:

Website with Inference Riddles: http://www.philtulga.com/Riddles.html
You could type some riddles that are similiar to this up.

A Thread from PT 3rd Grade site about inferences:
http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...ad.php?t=30047

Another thread about inferences (ideas of how you can use inferences with read alouds): http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...ead.php?t=9355

I LOVE this thread about a lesson with "Good Dog Carl" . It also mentions a book called "See the Ocean". http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...ad.php?t=39840

Another idea to use Poetry for inferences:
http://www.proteacher.org/a/82974_Inferring.html

Think carefully about what will be required of your students. If they are given a paragraph and then asked just an inferencing question, using a lot of inferencing in isolation questions make sense. However, if students are expected to read a passage and then answer lots of different questions including inference and other questions, it makes sense to use a couple of the inferencing in isolation cards but mainly bring it into your daily reading instruction.


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