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how to teach drawing conclusion making an inference

Feb 1, 2014 9:19pm

  • English Language Arts
  • 5
  • Common Core


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    • Feb 14, 2014 7:33am

      Hi Beverly,
      You should try as well! They offer tons of reading passages, each that comes with a question set designed to scaffold students into making inferences and drawing conclusions, start here with 5th grade passages:

      • Feb 18, 2014 11:44pm

        In order to introduce inference-making, I will have some balloons on my desk, a plate, a fork, and perhaps a vase of flowers. Students walk in and say, "Mrs. Mofield, is it your birthday?!" I then explain that they just used inductive reasoning to develop an inference. They used clues to develop a guess, an inference, based on evidence they see. Then, we talk about how this skill is applied in reading. " What can you infer about the character? What can you infer happened before this chapter? etc." These are guesses based on the evidence we have in the book so far.

        Then, if I really want to teach logic, I get a little more advanced with them and explain that in inductive reasoning we an be wrong with our logic, because really, it could have been my anniversary and my husband just sent several gifts to be nice. We can only do so much with evidence. Only in deductive reasoning can you prove anything.