Sunday, October 21, 2012

Inferring With Poetry

In my class we have been working on inferring for a couple weeks.  This week we had a great time making inferences using poetry.  The class LOVED it...and so did I! 

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:

Beast Feast
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.



  1. This comment has been removed by the author.

  2. Thank you for the wonderful resource to use during my readers workshop time! I love when others make the time to create worksheets I can use! You are a lifesaver! Thanks!

  3. Thank you so much! These are outstanding, and the students love them.

  4. Awesome work!!! These are amazing for the kiddos

  5. Awesome work on inferencing with poetry. Keep doing what you are doing!

  6. Super lessons! Thanks for the modified version.

  7. Great lesson, thanks.

  8. Using this tomorrow! Thanks for sharing.

  9. These are so helpful. Thank you so much for providing all these resources to help differentiate inferencing! Thank you!