Lesson Plan

Inference That!

How to model the process of making inferences
Sandy W.
Classroom teacher
Catalyst Charter Middle School
Ripon, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to...demonstrate the process of making inferences using images to piece together clues and create a new inference.

English Language Arts
Grades 6 – 8
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1 Hook/Teacher Model

Activity: Exploring

Students will play a game of Inference Riddles. The teacher will model the logical reasoning process of guessing the inference as they go through samples as a group. Students will then use marker boards to make guesses going through each step of the riddle. Sum up the modeling process using the game as an example.

2 Guided Practice

Create groups in Edmodo to discuss inferences of a photo. In the discuss, add the prompt:

PROMPT: Open the attached file. Look at it closely. Think about each of the objects. Write a paragraph making inferences about whom you think these objects belong to. Try to expand on your ideas and give as much detail as possible.

Attach to the prompt a photo of objects that would be from a character/person. Have students draw inferences about that person that would own the items and what inference they would make.

After students have written a response on the Edmodo, discuss the thinking behind their responses and why they came up with the inferences they did.

3 Independent Practice

Activity: Creating

Students will demonstrate understanding of inferences by creating their own photos of characterization that others can make inferences about. 

Students will use their phones or Ipads to create a photo that will be shared in small groups. When students return the next day, they will share their photo with a small group and the members of the groups will write down inferences about the photo. After all the photos and inferences have been written. Students will discuss their responses and why they came up with the conclusions that they did. Students will have the option of sharing theirs with the class on the document camera or by hooking up the Ipad. 

List on the board the steps the students took to come up with an inference by piecing the clues together. Include the clues and the final inferences made.

4 Assessment

Students will complete an entry in Edmodo describing how accurate they thought students were in making inferences about the photos they created and shared. The reasoning behind their thinking will be more important than whether the students guessed correctly.