Making Inferences Practice Exercises

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Making Inferences Practice Exercises

Practice 1: Noticing Numbers 

Read the selection, and then answer the questions that follow.

(1) My math teacher, Mr. Reyman, always comes up with really great ideas. Take for example our assignment last weekend. We thought he'd ask us to study for the upcoming test. Instead, on Friday he says, "Some of you have questioned our need to study fractions and how often people really use them in everyday life. So to answer your query, I want you to go on a fraction hunt this weekend!"
(2) Raquelita raises her hand and asks, "You mean bring in like part of a fraction, like one shoe because it's half of a whole pair?"
(3) "Or bring me," Paco laughs, "since I play baseball, I'm of a team?"
(4) "You've got it," Mr. Reyman agrees. "Actually bring things or just draw them. Your families can help. Let's see who can find the most interesting!"
(5) At dinner that night, I tell Dad and Mom about the assignment. "Sounds like fun," Mom says. "I bought new shoes today. They're size ."
(6) "Great! I'm on my way!" I say as I draw a shoe with a label inside.
(7) In the kitchen, I spot measuring cups with and on them and a measuring spoon labeled . Dad brings in his toolbox and says, "Look in here. You'll find lots of fractions!" I do, wrenches labeled and !
(8) Over the next two days, we find many other things. Dad asks, "Did you know hats come in fractional sizes?"
(9) "No, I usually see them labeled small, medium, and large!" I reply.
(10) Dad laughs and shows me his hat with a tag inside labeled . "I used to wear a ," he chuckles. "My head must be getting smaller . . . or maybe I just had more hair then!"
(11) In the Sunday paper, I notice ads for sales, where things are or off. And Sunday night Dad shows me something special he has with a fraction written on it. "You can take this to school, but just be very careful with it," he says as he wraps it carefully in a soft cloth and puts it into a bag. "It's one of my favorites . . . and kind of rare."
(12) Monday everyone brings bags of stuff and lots of pictures to class. Other kids have wrenches, measuring utensils, and clothes. But no one else has the special thing my Dad gave me. "Wow!" says Mr. Reyman when I take it carefully out of the bag. "An old Beatles record!"
(13) He holds the record up for everyone to see. There, on the label, is the fraction and some letters: 33 RPM. Mr. Reyman explains that the letters stand for Revolutions Per Minute . . . the number of times the record spins around on a turntable each minute. He adds that today, CDs spin at between 200 and 500 RPM and produce a cleaner, clearer sound.
(14) We all agree that fractions are useful and people do use them a lot in everyday life. I wonder what fun assignment Mr. Reyman will think up next?
1. What can you infer from the first paragraph?
a. Mr. Reyman is a new teacher in the school.
b. The kids need to practice for the school musical.
c. There's an important math test coming up soon.
d. Most of the kids don't understand meteorology.
2. Why might you infer that the narrator's father is bald?
a. He likes to wear hats.
b. He said he used to have more hair.
c. The narrator said he had a shiny head.
d. The hat fit the narrator.
3. What can you infer about the fraction find?
a. Some kids couldn't find anything with a fraction on it.
b. Raquelita found the most interesting item.
c. Paco brought in his whole team.
d. The Beatles record was the most interesting thing.
4. From the story, what can you infer about the narrator's family?
a. They get along well together.
b. They argue a lot.
c. They live in a trailer.
d. They don't have time to do things together.
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