Mentor Text for Making Inferences: In the Blink of an Eye by Dieter Wiesmuller

Teaching Second Graders to Make Inferences isn't the easiest thing, is it?
It is an abstract concept.
That being said, I LOVE teaching inferences!
I make a ton of inferences every day even when I am not reading. I always point that out to my students as well.  One of my favorites is when a student asks me a question that they could figure out the answer to by just looking at the evidence in front of them.  I tell them to "Make an inference!"
This book is a fun way to introduce the reading skill of Making Inferences to your students!

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This lovely book is a big help.
Kiddos love animals and most of my students have at least some schema for most of the animals that are presented in this lovely book by Dieter Wiesmuller.

This book is illustrated beautifully with a close up of an eye on the left and a written description with another illustration on the right.

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So, here is how I use this book in my classroom to help my students make inferences.
I give each of my kiddos the sheet (freebie at the end of the post) and then, I read the book slowly one animal at a time.
The kiddos can sketch or write what animal they infer the author is writing about, then write down some of the words that helped them make the inference.
This usually leads to some lively discussion about some of the descriptions because, without the picture, they could be referring to more than one animal.  
Then, they compare notes and make any changes that they want.  This is the first lesson.

The second lesson, we talk again about the book, and I take them through a picture walk.  I show them all of the pictures in the book. Then, they can change their inferences again if they would like.  The last thing that we discuss together is the very last page which tells us what all of the animals are.
Then, we go back to some pages to re-read for specific evidence.
This, of course, is the best part for the kiddos!  It also leads to a good discussion about listening/reading carefully and looking for those clues that the author uses to help us infer!
I would highly recommend this book!

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