Making Inferences

Contributor: Elephango Editors. Lesson ID: 10821

Authors don't always tell you everything you need to know to understand the story; you have to infer the meaning. Watch clever videos and use t-charts and online fun to learn to make right inferences!



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

Lesson Plan - Get It!

  • Have you ever seen a video without any words?
  • How do you know what is happening if there is no dialogue?

Good readers make inferences when they read.

When the author does not always tell the reader all of 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.

Explore making inferences by solving the birthday mystery detailed in the slideshow below: 

Once you are ready, move on to the Got It? section to practice your skills!

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