Inference Activities Ideas, Freebie and Workbook Link

Inferences are often tricky to teach and challenging for
students to learn.  They are
abstract notions or concepts that are implied through language or images.  Therefore, concrete ways of learning
have to be placed aside and students have to learn to uncover hidden
messages.  Personally, I like to
use advertisements for my lessons.
Here are a number of strategies that can help you to teach
this skill:
Magazine advertisements often have hidden
messages to help entice buyers. 
Look at magazine ads and discuss the inferences.  Consider the colors, backgrounds,
expressions, layouts and more.
Likewise, billboards offer inferences.   Look at all the details in the
image and discuss what the billboards are trying to sell and what in the images
makes you want to buy that product. 
Similarly, television commercials can offer some
wonderful opportunities for students to practice their inference skills.  Again, ask yourself what they are
wanting you to buy and what strategies they use to tempt possible customers.
If you would like to purchase a product that has already
compiled images for you as well as other inference activities and a game, you
can come learn more about my product, Making Inferences: The Fun and Easy
Way.  You can even download a
freebie sampling of the activities!

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
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Here is a freebie that I hope you enjoy!  Inferences can be difficult to teach, but this will give you a sampling of some great ideas!