Teaching students about how to make inferences can be challenging. Unlike most of the concrete learning that they encounter, this is an abstract notion. However, most students love the idea of finding or uncovering a hidden message.
So, explaining that, like a detective, they can solve the secret code, students will find this both appealing and exciting. Here are four activities that you can do to help even the youngest of learners find joy in searching for inferences.
- Look through magazine images and see if you can uncover any hidden messages.
- When traveling look at billboards and see if you can point out any inferences.
- Look at the images on book covers and see what kind of hidden messages they might include that tell you a little bit about the story.
- When watching TV pay attention to the advertisements. What kinds of secret messages are implied?
Cheers, Dr. Erica Warren
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator, and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning. She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Learning Specialist Courses.
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