Tag: Comprehension Skills

Teaching Students to Predict Outcomes

Ideas for Teaching Students to Make Inferences

Teaching students the differences between making inferences, drawing conclusions, and predicting outcomes may be one of the most difficult skills to teach.  This series of three posts includes definitions, examples, and activities. 

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Teaching Students to Draw Conclusions

Ideas for Teaching Students to Draw Conclusions

Teaching students the differences between making inferences, drawing conclusions, and predicting outcomes may be one of the most difficult skills to teach.  This series of three posts includes definitions, examples, and activities. 

Conclusions

Conclusions are opinions, judgments, or decisions that are formed based on a situation’s facts. A reader or observer collects information. Readers weigh the evidence. The evidence proves what is going to happen or the next logical step in the information series. Continue Reading

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Teaching Students to Make Inferences

Ideas for Teaching Students to Make Inferences

Teaching students the differences between making inferences, drawing conclusions, and predicting outcomes may be one of the most difficult skills to teach.  This series of three posts includes definitions, examples, and activities. 

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Distinguishing Fact from Opinion

The blog post offers helpful tips for teaching fact vs. opinion including a free foldable organizer going over rules and examples.

Teaching students to understand the differences between fact and opinion is essential. This is a tested skill. More importantly, helping students to correctly evaluate information will help them make informed life choices. For example, the news is full of campaign ads. Sorting facts from opinions helps people vote intelligently.

Also, the Internet has opened up vast sources of information. Learning to distinguish what is true is of vital importance. Studies show that teens are sharing more and more information about themselves online. This information can even lead to cyberbullying. Teens need to sort out what is true. Continue Reading

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Strategies for Teaching Inference

Duck and Turtles Photo - Great for an Inference Lesson

Introducing Inference

One great way to teach inference is to use pictures. National Geographic is a great source for finding photos.

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Main Idea Teaching Activities

Main Idea Teaching Activities

Teachers should begin main idea lessons by explaining the basic structure of paragraphs.

EXAMPLE — A paragraph consists of a group of sentences that relate to a specific topic called the main idea or central thought. The main idea is expressed in a sentence called the topic sentence. The remaining sentences add details. These are called supporting details. When reading a paragraph look for transition words [but, however, etc.]. These often change the meaning of the paragraph. Readers can look for the main idea by asking Who? or What?. Answers to Where? When? and Why? usually provide details to support the main idea. Continue Reading

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