Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Mentor Texts for Inferring

I'm joining my blogging buddy, Emily @ The Reading Tutor OG, for her Mentor Monday Linky.  I know it's Wednesday, but let's just pretend I'm posting this on time.  ;)

This week the topic is using mentor texts to teach the skill of making inferences.  

Click, Clack, Moo and I Want My Hat Back were two books that quickly came to mind for teaching this skill.  

Click, Clack, Moo is perfect for making inferences.  Invite students to use the pictures to infer what the characters are feeling.  Stop at words like furious and impatient; ask students to use the text and pictures to infer the meaning of the words.  After finishing the story, pose the question, "What happened in the story that put Farmer Brown back where he started?  How do you know?"  Continue to explore inferring with Giggle, Giggle, Quack.

I Want My Hat Back is so clever!  My students always get a kick out of reading it.  :) Using the pictures, ask children to infer how Bear solved his problem.  This Is Not My Hat is a great follow up for continued practice.

What are your favorite books for teaching students to infer?


  1. Excellent choices Wendy! I haven't used I Want My Hat Back but would love to check it out. Thank you for linking up!

  2. Thanks for sharing! I'm off to pin now so I have this for later! :)

  3. Love both those books. I too have used them but not for inferencing.
    Thanks for the ideas.