Teaching Deep Thinking With Drawing Conclusions

Sometimes you have to encourage your students to be detectives to dig deeper in order to find ideas that the author doesn't put in the text. Readers look for clues in the text which help them understand the story. Readers look for facts and details to determine what the author is telling them. In this post, I'm going to share some fun activities for Teaching Deep Thinking With Drawing Conclusions

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Introducing Drawing Conclusions

A conclusion is a judgement or decision about a character, setting, or event. It's reached by applying deep thinking and reviewing information that's provided. Readers draw conclusions as they read to help them understand the story. Even though drawing conclusions and making inferences are similar, they are not the same. Often, readers draw conclusions from what additional information they gather or infer.

This cute video is a great attention grabber.

Steps in Drawing Conclusions

  • Review all the information stated about the person, setting, or event.
  • Next, look for any facts or details that are not stated, but inferred.
  • Analyze the information and decide on the next logical step or assumption.
  • The reader comes up with a conclusion based on the situation.

Drawing Conclusions With Pictures

Another way to introduce drawing conclusions is with pictures. Students can look for clues in the picture that gives them an idea of what is going on. Students put together the clues that are provided and then draw the best conclusions to understand what's going on.

Drawing Conclusions with pictures

What's in My Bag?

Teachers can add items to a bag that describe or represent a person, place, or thing. As items are taken out of the bag, students can write what is observed and inferred after looking at each item. Then, they can draw their conclusions after they see all the items. Click HERE to download my Graphic Organizers for Drawing Conclusions.

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Drawing Conclusions Free graphic organizers cover page

Drawing Conclusions With Videos

With engaging video clips, students can use information they gather from watching the video. Try pausing the video periodically, and let students draw conclusions. They can gather facts from what they see, what is said, and previous knowledge. What conclusion do they draw from the title "Bye Bye!"? Show clips from commercials and let students draw their conclusions.

Who Am I?, What Am I?, Where Am I?

One of my favorite activities is using PowerPoint to present clues and visuals to teach drawing conclusions. Teachers can give students the template I've provided, which has 8 different clue slides. Students type facts about the person, place, or thing on each slide. A piece of the hidden picture is revealed after each clue.

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Extension Activities

For extra practice with the skill, try the following website games and quizzes about drawing conclusions:

Drawing Conclusions Game

Quia Drawing Conclusions

Drawing Conclusions Quiz

Jeopardy Drawing Conclusions

Who Am I? Cover

Get your FREE editable WHO AM I? PowerPoint to teach Drawing Conclusions. In this post, I've provided fun activities to teach this skill. Elementary students in grades 3, 4, and 5can use my graphic organizers to use with any text. #graphicorganizers #drawingconclusions

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