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This is a great idea for a poster to put up in your classroom to discuss with the students how to think when reading. It covers 6 ways to think while reading; summarize, question, connect, infer, visualize, and predict. I would make this poster and put it up in my classroom to help model thinking and guide my students thinking process while reading.

My students last year loved having whole class journals to write in. They had a chance to write in them during Work on Writing, and a chance to read them during Read to Self. I made up a new set of 8. At the moment they are pretty plain covers, but once a student writes in it they have the option of choosing a sticker from my collection to place on the front cover. The stickers show me how many kids have tackled each topic.

My CT uses these posters a lot when the kids are writing about their reading during reading workshop. They do base their writing on these inferences their drawing from the text they're reading about. They're offered to make predictions, as well as suggest wonderings with these starters.

This would be a great way to show students how to infer texts that they are reading. A similar diagram could be composed on the computer and printed as a hand of for reading folders for students. Many students are just learning to infer about what they are reading at the beginning of 4th grade and it continues through to high school.

Teaching with Blonde Ambition: making inferences. This blog post has lots of good ideas for teaching inferences, AND it includes two FREEBIE handouts!

Objectives Board This is the first year I have used an daily agenda. I stole the circular pattern from my teaching teammate... She's awesome!. I combined it with the learning objectives... so its an objective agenda board! Thats a mouthful! I write the objectives in "kid friendly language" and box or underline important concepts and words. It's clear and easy and everyone knows what we are doing! ...So simple... Its a keeper!