I didn't come up with this awesome idea....I got it from Debbie Miller's book, Reading With Meaning.
I started the lesson by reading a few poems from this book:
I love this book! I use it throughout the year to teach different reading concepts...inferring is one of them. This book has short poems about animals. I read the poems to the class, but leave out the name of the animal and keep the picture of the animal hidden. They had to talk with a partner to infer what animal the poem was about. They also had to tell me what evidence they heard in the poem to support their inference. We had a GREAT time with this!
Then, we moved on to our inferring with poetry page. I demonstrated how to use the poem to underline clues and write possible guesses. Then, the students were given their own poem to make inferences on their own. This was also a big hit!
Here is the poem we practiced with. (I wrote my examples for you to see.)
Here are several other poems to infer with.
I also made one poem with a word bank to help out my inclusion students.
Here is the modified version:
Here are a few other inferring things we used in class and added to our reader's notebooks:
These are the words to the inferencing song by Tanny McGreggor.