Mystery Bags to Develop Observation and Inference Skills. Here’s an easy-to-teach science activity that builds science process skills in a playful context. Science Mystery Bags teaches students to use observations to develop inferences. (You can also easily connect it to literary inferencing as well, for a cross-curricular approach.)
Observations and Inferences Anchor Chart: This chart gives simple definitions of each, an example, and appropriate sentence stems to use. I like to make my students use the "Because __, I infer ___" sentence when making inferences in science.