Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Learning to Infer Using Pictures - Section 4: Closure

 

As I looked at my student's work I could see that they all tried very hard.  They were very motivated to do the work and I could tell that they wanted to do well based on the amount they had written.  I liken their work to a target.  They came close to achieving what I wanted them to, they just didn't hit the bulls eye. I thought about why they all seemed to just miss making a good inference.  Then I said to myself, "Oh duh!"  I hadn't thought to have the students make an inference and write their answers based on the 5 W's (who, what, where, when, why). 

I pulled up the same Smartboard lesson the next day.  I said to my students, "I checked your work yesterday and I saw that all of you tried really hard but your inferences need help to get more detailed.  I thought about this and realized I wasn't specific enough when I was teaching you so I am going to do a better job teaching you today.  We are going to use the same pictures on our Smartboard lesson from yesterday, but we are going to use the 5 W's in in our answers."

We did the same practice pictures on the Smarboard lesson.  This time though, I had the students infer and write who was in the picture, what they were doing, where they might be, when the event took place and why the event might be occurring.  Once we practiced using the 5 W's I gave them another independent practice activity to do.  The second activity was given to me by my teammate.  She had bought it online so I can't share the activity with you.  You can see the second activity (Student Work Inferring With Pictures Reteaching.mp4) I had my students do and see how much better the writing with their inferences was the second time around.  So just learn from me and have your students write their inferences with the 5 W's the first time around and then you won't have to reteach like I did.

  Adjustments to Practice: Reflecting on Student's Work
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Learning to Infer Using Pictures

Unit 12: Reading Comprehension Lessons
Lesson 10 of 14

Objective: SWBAT make inferences using picture prompts and an anchor chart with clue vocabulary.

Big Idea: Making inferences is easy with pictures!

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