My amazing instructional coach helped me plan this lesson!


Reading mini lesson and Interactive read aloud:

Mini lesson:

  • Teacher will play the guessing game. 

  • Teacher will give students clues to allow them the opportunity to guess (or infer) why the teacher looks crazy and not put together. (answer: My alarm didn't go off.) 

    • I made this really fun! I did no intro at all. I just sat down and looked really upset. Then I started telling them that I was having a really bad day. I then told them how rushed my morning was and I gave lots of detail, but never said I woke up late or that my alarm didn't go off. When they guessed the answer correctly,  I told them that they had just made an INFERENCE!

  • Teacher will make an anchor chart to teach inference. (I found the anchor chart I used for free on Pinterest.)  Click HERE for a link to the anchor chart!

  • Students will go to table groups and make up their own inference stories. 

    • I gave all my kids a sticky note and told them to come up with a scenario and write it on the sticky note. Then they had to tell their tablemates clues and try to get them to infer what was on their sticky note!​

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Mini lesson: make the text evidence anchor chart. (I used the "Good Readers Prove it" anchor chart found on Pinterest.) Click HERE for the link!

Introduce the evidence board. 

(I found a text evidence board on Teachers Pay Teachers.) Click HERE for the link!

  • Teacher will talk about how an inference is different from just a wild guess. ( Reminding students that an inference is based on evidence within the text or situation.)

    • This was fun! I made up a story about what my daughter ate for dinner last night. (I told my students that she went to the freezer and got out a food that was on a stick.) Then they made an educated guess on what she ate. (She ate a corn dog.)

    • Then we made off the wall guesses. Ones that would not be educated guesses based on the clues within the statement. (Examples: ​ PB&J, green beans, mashed potatoes)

    • Some kids had fun with it and said things like "dirt" or "frogs" 

    • The point of this exercise is for the children to understand the difference in a good educated guess with evidence from the story and a guess that is not supported by evidence from the story. 

  • Teacher will read the book “Art and Max”

  • Students will  do an extended reading response on their own, using proof, then explaining and concluding.

    • Give each student an index card and have them write down their answer to the following question.  "Using evidence from the text, what type of friendship do you infer Art and Max have?"

  • The students will do string art activity to hang with their index card. 

    • You will need​

      • black string​

      • liquid glue

      • animal templet found on my Teacher Pay Teacher. HERE 

      • water colors

    • Students will glue black string around the outline of their animal.  Next, using the water colors they will paint their animal. Then have the student glue their index card to the bottom of their art work. 


Click on the picture for The Art and Max craft!

Click the image for scavenger hunt freebie!



Reread the book “Art and Max”

  • Students will do a scavenger hunt.

  • Students will get a magnifying glass and be detectives. (Printed copies of select pages from the book along with questions will be posted around the classroom for them to discover.)

    • I made copies of select pages from the book and hung them around the room with a number next to each page. I typed an inferencing question underneath each page. (Make sure to type the questions in a small font size so the students have to use magnifying glasses to read the question.  I typed mine in a size 5 font.)

    •  Then I set a timer for 2 minutes, and the students had only that much time to answer the question onto their recording sheet. (You can print a recording sheet HERE )

    • When the timer goes off, the students move to the next number. ​(The students will need to answer each question using proof of evidence from the text.)