What Are You Inferring?

Contributor: Melissa LaRusso. Lesson ID: 10380

Sometimes people don't say exactly what they mean or speak directly about something. You have to infer the meaning -- read between the lines. Try it out yourself and solve reading mysteries!



learning style
personality style
Otter, Beaver
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Have you ever seen a video that had no words?
  • How would you know what is happening, or going to happen, if there is no dialogue?
  • Would that be possible?

We're going to find out!

Good readers make inferences when they read.

When the author does not tell the reader all the information needed to understand the text, the reader must infer the information.

An inference is when you use your schema (what you already know) plus the clues in the text to understand what the author wants you to know.

Inferences can be made by reading the text and by looking at pictures in the text.

Explore making inferences to solve mysterires with this slideshow:

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Nice work solving the mysteries!

If you would like to learn a bit more about inferences, watch Making Inferences from ELAhacks:

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Now that you've learned a lot about inferences, move on to the Got It? section to practice your skills!

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