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What’s Under the Slide? Making Inferences Using Microscopes

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What’s Under the Slide? Making Inferences Using Microscopes

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time 50 minutes
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International Reading Association

 

Overview

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From Theory to Practice

 

OVERVIEW

This lesson uses science to engage students in the process of making inferences. First, students work through a series of activities about making inferences. Then they read a booklet of descriptions of a series of mystery objects that are placed under a microscope. Finally, they look through each microscope and use the formula of schema + text clues = inference to make their own inferences about the identity of each mystery object.

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Making Inferences Case File booklet: Written from the point of view of a mystery object, this sample booklet gives text clues so that students can infer the mystery object’s identity.

 

 

 

Detective Recording Sheet: This sheet is where students record all inferences about the mystery objects’ identities.

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FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

Zwiers, J. (2010). Making inferences and predictions. In Building Reading Comprehension Habits in Grades 6–12: A Toolkit of Classroom Activities (pp. 99–121). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

This chapter discusses how students can learn to make inferences with their teacher’s help, as well as different hands-on projects that help students develop their inferring skills.

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