Making Inferences Using Informational Text: Print and Digital

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Your students will LOVE reading the historical, scientific, and technical passages in this Inferences unit! You’ll love the print and digital formats too!


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Looking for a way to help your students make meaningful inferences using nonfiction text? You’ll love this print and digital ready-to-teach complete unit with 7 passages (historical, scientific, and technical), 3 sets of task cards, posters, games, and fun activities. Each learning activity will reinforce the importance of making inferences as a reading comprehension strategy. The scaffolded resources and teacher notes provide lots of helpful tips to make the unit easy for you to teach and manage!

This set includes: (Print and Digital)
7 Passages

  1. Historical Text: Pizza’s Early History
  2. Historical Text: Basketball’s Invention
  3. Historical Text: Pony Express Riders
  4. Scientific Text: Comets
  5. Scientific Text: Grizzly Bears
  6. Scientific Text: Gecko Lizards
  7. Technical Text: How to Make a Volcano

32 Picture Inference Task Cards
32 What is it? Inference Task Cards
Step by Step Inferences Handout
Inference Question Types Handout/Mini-Poster
Making Inferences Graphic Organizer
Secrets from the Trash Activity (with 32 Task Cards)
Inference Windows Worksheet (clues with flaps to reveal a mystery item)
What’s in Mrs. (or Miss/Ms.) _____________’s Purse (or Mr. ______’s Bag) Activity
Top Secret Inference Bag Homework Activities
5 Question Types Posters
Teacher Notes
Teacher Notes for Digital with LINKS


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Why you’ll love this resource:

  • There are a variety of materials included, from task cards, to games, activities, passages, and graphic organizers.
  • It includes a DIGITAL version that works well for the classroom, homeschool, or for distance learning.
  • The passages are high interest and include nonfiction reading from historical, scientific, and technical genres.
  • There are THREE SETS OF TASK CARDS, including picture inferences, secrets from the trash inferences, and “What is it?” which has very old or little known items (like an early watch, telephone, or washing machine) and asks students to infer what the object is.
  • You can use this resource in so many ways, from reader’s workshop time, guided reading, literacy centers, whole class games, exit slips, SCOOT and scavenger hunts, homework, test prep, and more!


If you’d like to see the Inference Using Literature unit in more detail, here it is:
Inferences Using Literature: 3rd – 5th grades

Need more inference resources for 4th and 5th Graders?
Inference Board Center
Inference Puzzle Center
Famous Americans Inference Task Cards

Looking for other 4th/5th grade resources?
20 Fiction and Nonfiction Centers for 4th/5th Grades
30 Grammar Games for 4th
30 Grammar Games for 5th
Character Education Kit


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