Lesson Plan

Inferring With Pictures

In this lesson, the class will review what it means to make an inference. After you model how to make an inference in a painting using your schema, your students will work in groups to analyze additional paintings to make more inferences.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Inference Making pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to make inferences using details in a picture and their schema.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
  • Tell students that they will be learning about how to make inferences when looking at paintings.
  • Remind them that an inference is an idea that is created by using your background knowledge (schema) and evidence from the text or a picture.
  • Explain that making inferences from paintings is different than making inferences from text. When making inferences while reading, it’s important to use text evidence and your schema. When making inferences from art, it’s important to use details and your schema.
  • Tell students that a schema is what they already know (their background knowledge).
  • Tell students that it is important to infer using pictures while reading, which is why we are practicing this skill with paintings.

Beginning: Have beginning ELs repeat the definition of inference and schema to a partner, either in English or their home language (L1). If needed, provide the sentence stem "An inference is ________."

Intermediate: Have intermediate ELs tell a partner the definition of inference and schema.