Mini Lesson - Inferring
Title: Inferring Feelings
Materials: cards with different feelings written on them
1. Get the index cards ready with certain feelings (ex. Mad, sad, happy, frustrated,
2. Pin the card on the back of a student.
3. Have the students sit in a circle around the student with the card.
4. Let the student in the center turn around so that everyone can see his card.
5. Tell the students that they have to give the student in the center clues to help him/her infer
what feeling he has.
6. The clues start with “I felt that way when…” and complete the clue.
7. For example, if the kid in the center has “sad” on his back, ask six or seven student to give
him clues: I felt that way when my dog ran away. I felt that way when I didn’t make the
basketball team. I felt that way when my grandfather died. I felt that way when my baby
sister got sick.
8. Then, ask the student in the center to infer what the feeling is. When he gets it right, ask him
how he knew?
9. Explain to kids that inferring is simply taking clues that are given to us and merging them
with our own thinking and background knowledge to come up with a conclusion.
Adapted from Strategies that Work by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis