Making Inferences!

  Phew! I have been so busy lately, I almost forgot all about this little blog! It’s been so fun reading all of the thankful thoughts my *sweet friends* are stuffed with. You ALL are so amazing, and I am so, so very thankful for all of you. If you haven’t linked up yet, don’t worry! It’s not too late! Click here to link up. My first graders have been been KNEE DEEP in making inferences lately. They’ve been learning SO much and having fun while doing so. How can that be?!?! First, to get us ready to make inferences, we made a little inferencing anchor chart together.


Then, my students read a story (written by me) all about a family preparing for the big Thanksgiving feast. Here’s a little synopsis of the story (you can find the full story in my packet below): Oh no! Mom needs Sage and Max to do some last minute shopping for the big Thanksgiving feast. But, when they arrive at the store, they discover that Mom accidentally gave them the recipe cards instead of the shopping list! If they can’t figure out what items Mom needs, they’re worried they will ruin the Thanksgiving feast. After they read the story, they had to use their best inferencing skills in order to help Sage and Max get the items they need for their Thanksgiving dinner. Each pair got a set of recipe cards and WENT TO TOWN! They had to *REALLY* read each recipe card and pull out the clues in order to figure out what Mom wanted them to buy at the store.



After they used their prior knowledge and the clues from the text, they helped Sage and Max save Thanksgiving by creating a new and improved shopping list! Hooray! If you’re looking for a last minute activity this week (that is, of course, if you’ll still be in school along with me!), go and grab this packet…


In this packet, you will find:
– lesson plan (with objective and procedures)
– “Last Minute Shopping” story that introduces the lesson
– four recipe cards that your students must read to make inferences
– “Making Inferences” recording sheets
– definition posters that explain what an “inference” is
– extension activities (Thanksgiving themed mini-stories that require students to make inferences) Need a graphic organizer to help teach making inferences? Grab it below for free! Just click on the organizer to download.


You can find the “Feasting On Inferences” packet in my shop. Click on the link below! The first person who can tell me their favorite Thanksgiving food can grab this packet for free. Don’t forget to leave your e-mail address. How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

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  • christine November 19, 2012, 12:45 am

    I love the cranberry sauce!
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  • Katheryn November 19, 2012, 12:50 am

    Sweet potato casserole!!

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  • Heather November 19, 2012, 12:58 am

    A few comments too late, but I love Green Bean Casserole!

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  • dbednars November 19, 2012, 1:03 am

    I'm late too, but I love turnips.
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  • Patty Rutenbar November 19, 2012, 1:14 am

    I'm too late too, but I'll share my favorite food with you. We have a family recipe called "Lumpies!" and they are delish! They are made with mini shrimp crumbled, bread crumbs, onions, egg, and salt and pepper. Wrapped in bacon and broiled. . . oh my mouth is watering just thinking about it!
    Patty Rutenbar
    Second In Line

  • Erica November 19, 2012, 1:24 am

    I'm also late, but we make homemade yeast rolls every year for Thanksgiving, and they are my favorite part. 🙂 Yum yum yum! The whole family rolls them out and they rise all day, and then mom puts them in the oven and cooks them. Delicious!

  • Yukari November 19, 2012, 1:55 am

    Mashed potatoes with gravy! Mmm

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  • manakans November 19, 2012, 1:56 am

    I love the turkey sandwich I make… about an hour after dinner is finished 🙂
    This packet looks great!

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  • Jill November 19, 2012, 3:12 am

    I am too late, but my favorites are dressing and sweet potato casserole. We usually go to my family one year and the hubster's family the next. We live in the same area.

    Happy thanksgiving.

  • Sandra November 19, 2012, 3:19 am

    I'm also too late but I love stuffing. It's SO delicious!

  • Delighted November 19, 2012, 4:36 am

    turkey & dressing! Yummo!

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  • Miss Cosby November 19, 2012, 2:40 pm

    Yes.Please.Thank You.

    Filing this away!!

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  • Mrs. Griffith November 19, 2012, 2:45 pm

    I love my grandma and mom's dressing. Your packet looks great and super thanks for the freebie! We are starting inferences after Thanksgiving.

    For the Love of First Grade

  • Carmen November 20, 2012, 2:59 am

    I celebrate life and love. We give thanks for my father's life. A true HERO! A two time cancer survivor and still fighting at the age of 84!
    Then we eat…love my Mom's turkey stuffing; pastrami and fried mashed green platains inside. Yummy yummy.
    Your classwork is just superb! Thanks
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  • Jen R. @ The Teachers' Cauldron November 22, 2012, 1:10 am

    using these next week! 🙂

  • Mrs. Unger February 27, 2013, 10:37 pm

    My goodness, your blog is SO awesome and your printables are AMAZING, I just had to sign up by e-mail so I do not miss a thing!! 🙂

  • Kristi December 4, 2014, 10:24 pm

    This is just to say how much I appreciate your sharing this graphic organizer for free. It's awesome to know that the internet is a community of teachers who want to support each other. Thanks again!