Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Take Vamp, for Inference


This is Vamp. She may look innocent here, but don't be fooled. 
Vamp is not a normal cat. She does things. Bratty things.

More on that later.

Today in class we learned about making inferences. This is something we do all the time when we are reading, enjoying movies, or even watching television commercials. To infer you need to find clues in the text and look for evidence in the pictures. You also use your background knowledge and pull from your past experiences to "read between the lines."

Here's a movie about inferences to help you understand the concept.

Got it?

Okay, let's give this a try.

What can you infer from this picture?

Mrs. Sol's response: I can see the boy has a blue tongue. From my past experience, I know that kids usually have blue tongues when they are eating something blue. I infer that the boy in the picture recently ate a blue popsicle, lollipop or candy (and he's happy about it). 

Now, use the same skills to infer details from a text passage...

Why is Jacob upset?

Jacob walked out of the shopping mall with his arms full of bags and the sun shining on him. As he approached his car, he started awkwardly feeling around his pockets with his arm full of bags. He did not find what he was looking for so he transferred the bags on one arm to the other arm, which already had bags. Jacob had a lot of bags on one arm. He still couldn't find what he was looking for. Now he dropped the bags and plunged both hands desperately into all of the pockets on his jeans. With a look of despair, Jacob ran to his car. He tried to open the door, but it was locked. Then he saw something on the passenger seat of the car. He stopped looking and pulled his phone out of his pocket.

Based on evidence given in the text, why do you think Jacob is upset? What happened? What can you infer from the information you have?

Finally, here's a commercial that you may have seen.

What does the boy think when the car starts?

This commercial tells a story, but without words. Can you infer enough information to answer the question? Inferencing skills you must have, young padawan. 

Here are some fun resources to help you practice your inferencing skills.

Now back to Vamp.

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What is happening in the photo of Vamp? 

What evidence supports your answer?

Type your answer in the chat window.

Keep up the great work!


Anonymous January 29, 2015 at 8:59 AM

vamp is about to make three-hundred graphs on the computer

Anonymous January 29, 2015 at 11:27 AM

I know Vamp is a naughty kitty, I still love er though! (pretty kitty)

Anonymous January 29, 2015 at 11:35 AM

I can infer about why Jacob is upset is that he locked his keys in the car, I know this because it says in the paragraph, " With a look of despair, Jacob ran to his car. He tried to open the door, but it was locked. Then he saw something on the passenger seat of the car. He stopped looking and pulled his phone out of his pocket." Since he already has his phone and obviously has his wallet since he payed for the groceries it was the keys to his car.
Also, You do not want to change the words to a script. No wander she got mad!

Anonymous January 20, 2016 at 1:32 PM


Anonymous January 21, 2016 at 8:09 AM

I think Vamp is going to write a national best-seller about how humans are weird.

-A student

Mrs. Sol January 21, 2016 at 10:20 AM

That wouldn't surprise me. :)

Anonymous January 27, 2016 at 9:13 AM

I think Vamp is pondering about what to write in his next kitty fairy tale. He's on a keyboard!:)

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