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Stone Hill Elementary School Library: Making Inferences

Essential Question

How can I use clues to draw conclusions?


  • Activity: Walk the students through this handout, which includes several activities to do as a class. When you get to the last section, walk around to see the kids' answers after each stanza; if anyone gets it correct, tell them to flip their paper over (and mark down as an extra participation point). 
  • Extra Credit: Students can work with each other to solve these "Guess What?" poems by Arden Davidson.
  • Assessment: Track participation. Students who choose to work on the extra credit get an extra participation point, even if they don't figure out the answers.

  • Extension: If there is time, or after checkout the next, show the kids more of Arden Davidson's "Guess What?" poems and solve them as a class, going one stanza at a time.



  • Readaloud: Before checkout the next week, read Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back and ask the kids what happened.

Standards Addressed

AASL: III.D.1 - Actively contributing to group discussions

RI Core: R.1 - Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it. 

Rhode Island Cross-Curricular Proficiencies: Communication - Communicate understanding and interpretation of information; Problem Solving and Critical Thinking - Identify relevant information/data from resources.

Rhode Island School Library Curriculum Priority Skills: 1.1 - Makes inferences (with guidance) about the implicit meaning in text; 3.2 - Participates in collaborative conversations with peers and adults to share ideas and information