Teaching Inference Skills Can Be Fun


Teaching students about how to
make inferences can be challenging.  Unlike most of the concrete learning
that they encounter, this is an abstract notion.  However, most students
love the idea of finding or uncovering a hidden message.  So, explaining that,
like a detective, they can solve the secret code, students will find this both
appealing and exciting. Here are four activities that you can do to help even
the youngest of learners find joy in searching for inferences. 

  1.    Look through magazine images and see if you can
    uncover any hidden messages.
  2.    When traveling look at billboards and see if you
    can point out any inferences.
  3.    Look at the images on book covers and see what
    kind of hidden messages they might include that tell you a little bit about the
  4.    When watching TV pay attention to the
    advertisements.  What kinds of
    secret messages are implied?

If you would prefer to use a 60 page
workbook, with images, activities and games, you can always purchase Making
Inferences, The Fun and Easy Way to Understand and Practice Implied Meaning
.  I also offer a free downloadable sample
Dr. Erica Warren is a Learning Specialist and
Educational Therapist that shares her unique multi-sensory and fun activities through
her many publications.  Products are
available as downloads and print at her websites to view all her products at www.goodsensorylearning.com & www.dyslexiamaterials.com

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