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Making Inferences
6 Dec, 2012. 7 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Language, Uncategorized. Posted By: Kristen Smith

This week we are tackling making inferences in my class. I really love teaching this concept and hearing my 6 year olds say, “I infer that….” One way that I teach inferences is by using short {mostly wordless} films. I have come across a few that my class has LOVED.

This week we watched “French Roast.” It was so interesting to hear what the students inferred about all the characters as we stopped the movie.

Prior to watching the movie we discuss how when we watch something or read something, we look for clues that the author tells us or the illustrator shows us and then add to it the things that we already know {our background knowledge} and then make an inference about what we think might be happening.

It was neat to do this with the different characters presented to us in this short film. When the “homeless man” walks in, my kids immediately inferred that he was going to be “the bad guy” and that he stole the other man’s wallet.

They discussed how they have seen homeless people on the street and what they know about them.

When the nun walked in, we stopped the fim again and made some inferences. My kids all thought she was going to be the “good guy!” (why? because she works for the church!)

It was so neat to hear them at the end of the movie discuss their first inferences and how they had to change their ideas as the film progressed.

This film also leant itself to a great discussion about how we can’t “judge a book by it’s cover.” 

There are lots of other great short films available on youtube to help you with teaching inferences! If you go to my pinterest page, I have many pinned under my “teaching with videos” board as well as some in “reading stratgies.” Feel free to pin them and use them with your class!

Have a great Thursday!

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7 Comments
  1. What a great way to teach inferences. I’m going to check out the video. Thanks!
    Barbara
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  2. What a great idea—-AND why wasn’t I already following you in pinterest? I am now! :)

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

  3. Love your blog! And I notice I am maybe follower 299? You’re almost at 300! COngrats!

  4. What a GREAT idea! We were walking on inferences this week and this would have been a wonderful activity! Too bad I can’t get youtube at school! :(

    Christina :)
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    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  5. What a great idea! You’ll have to share more “short” silent films. Love this idea!

    What i have learned

  6. I love this idea. I have been struggling with this teaching concept but love this idea instead of tons of worksheets. Thanks
    Connie

  7. Love this idea!!! These films are so cute!!

7 Comments

  • What a great way to teach inferences. I’m going to check out the video. Thanks!
    Barbara
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  • What a great idea—-AND why wasn’t I already following you in pinterest? I am now! :)

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

  • Love your blog! And I notice I am maybe follower 299? You’re almost at 300! COngrats!

  • What a GREAT idea! We were walking on inferences this week and this would have been a wonderful activity! Too bad I can’t get youtube at school! :(

    Christina :)
    Check out my blog!
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  • What a great idea! You’ll have to share more “short” silent films. Love this idea!

    What i have learned

  • I love this idea. I have been struggling with this teaching concept but love this idea instead of tons of worksheets. Thanks
    Connie

  • Love this idea!!! These films are so cute!!

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