Using Pictures and Videos to Teach Inferencing With FREEBIE

The term "inference" refers to the process of using observation and background knowledge to determine a conclusion that makes sense. When reading, students use the details in the text and background knowledge to figure out information that is not there. They also study illustrations and other visuals within the story. Making inferences helps readers understand the author's message and also leads to deeper learning. In this post, I'll provide examples of Using Pictures and Videos to Teach Inferencing.

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Inferencing With Pictures

Inferencing with pictures is very similar to inferring from text because students study details of the picture and video. Then they apply their background knowledge to infer what is going on.

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  • Guess the Picture Activity - Teachers will display only part of a picture to the students. Students write what they observe, what they know, and then what they infer. They have so much fun sharing their results. Then, show the full image to the students. Discuss the process with the students.
  • Pictures from Magazines - Students can cut out pictures from magazines and complete the sentences and graphic organizer.
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  • Google Slides Activity - Students will observe a photo on Google Slides, then complete the graphic organizer. Students can also add their own photos they research on Google Images and add those to the slides.
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Additional Questions to Ask

  • What is the time of the year or day?
  • Where is this taking place?
  • Who is in the photo?
  • How do you think the people feel?

For more fun photos that you can use for inferencing or writing prompts, just go to my Inferencing Pinterest Board.

Inferencing With Videos

When working with struggling readers or introducing the concept of inferencing, try using video clips or even commercials. Using videos helps in building confidence. You'll be amazed at how quickly the students begin to make inferences. Pause periodically during the video to ask questions based on what they observe and their prior knowledge. If you use EdPuzzle, there are lessons already set up with questions.


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  1. This looks like a fun freebie. Thanks so much!

  2. This is a concrete way to teach children to recognize inferences. Nicely done! Thank you!


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