LESSON SEVEN: Picky Eater-Part 1
Students use pictures and text clues to predict and infer.
R1E Develop and orchestrate strategies to infer.
§ Source of Literature
§ Picky Mrs. Pickle is the suggested text, you may choose to use a related text such as D.W. the Picky Eater, Seven Silly Eaters, I will Never Eat a Tomato, Bread and Jam for Francis, or any other book related to the need for a balanced diet.
o Jar of pickles or other text related item
o Chart paper
o Overhead projector
§ Handouts provided
o It Makes Me Think Practice Sheet
§ Words to know
Student completed “It Makes Me Think” Practice Sheet-student copies and overhead transparency. Assessment Scoring Guide
What does the jar of pickles remind you of?
What do you think we will be reading about today that relates to pickles?
Now that you see the cover of the book, what do you think? Why do you think this?
What does this text make you think of? Does anything in the picture give you a clue about the story?
Does the text give you clues about the story?
Predicting and inferring are similar skills. In this lesson, students are predicting during the pre-reading activity, but move on to inferring as they read the story. Inference refers to using prior knowledge as well as clues from the story to figure out what the author means.
If inference is new to your students, you may want to do more extensive modeling with a variety of texts or allow them to work with a partner to read the text.
It depends upon the experience and developmental ability of your students as to how many inferences you ask them to complete.
More information on inference and questioning strategies refer to;
Strategies That Work chapters seven and eight