Making Inferences with Nonfiction Texts Resources

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History of Fireworks
History of Fireworks
Worksheet
History of Fireworks
Children read a brief history of fireworks, then answer a series of questions designed to help them reflect on what they have learned.
3rd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Text Dependent Questions for Independent Reading
Text Dependent Questions for Independent Reading
Worksheet
Text Dependent Questions for Independent Reading
Text dependent questions are reading comprehension questions that can only be answered by referring to the text. Students have to read the text closely and use inferential thinking to determine the answer. Use this list of text dependent questions for you
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts
Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts
Lesson Plan
Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts
When students read nonfiction texts, they will need to make inferences using text features and quotes as evidence. Support your students using short texts as practice before diving into more complex materials like textbooks.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Spelling Champ
Spelling Champ
Workbook
Spelling Champ
Challenge your fourth grader with these spelling worksheets that include grade-specific words and word problems involving new vocabulary.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Close Reading: Introduction
Close Reading: Introduction
Lesson Plan
Close Reading: Introduction
Help your students absorb the details of a text and make inferences about what they read with the strategy of close reading. By reading closely, students will become better able to understand complex themes and nuances in a text.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Inference Detectives
Inference Detectives
Lesson Plan
Inference Detectives
It’s time to make an educated guess! In this lesson, your students will practice using their background knowledge and evidence from the text to make inferences in nonfiction pieces about Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar Chavez.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Punctuation in Practice
Punctuation in Practice
Workbook
Punctuation in Practice
Help your child practice punctuation and capitalization in this workbook. There are several creative ways to review writing offered here which explore the mechanics of writing in different situations.
3rd grade
Social studies
Workbook
Skywatchers
Skywatchers
Workbook
Skywatchers
This workbook explores the myths, science, and history of our efforts to understand the skies with light reading. Introduce kids to gravity, moon phases and stars with basic activities and stories.
4th grade
Science
Workbook
Journey on the Underground Railroad
Journey on the Underground Railroad
Lesson Plan
Journey on the Underground Railroad
This lesson combines historical facts and creative writing to engage students in exercises that enhance both vocabulary and social studies knowledge.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Cause and Effect: The Montgomery Bus Boycott
Cause and Effect: The Montgomery Bus Boycott
Lesson Plan
Cause and Effect: The Montgomery Bus Boycott
Your students may know about Rosa Parks, but do they know about the Montgomery Bus Boycott that her famous action inspired? Enhance students' knowledge of this important part of the Civil Rights movement while teaching cause and effect.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
A Living Timeline: The American Revolution
A Living Timeline: The American Revolution
Lesson Plan
A Living Timeline: The American Revolution
Make history come alive with this interactive lesson! Students will have a blast presenting a "living timeline" to help their classmates understand the events of the Revolutionary War.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Reading Like a Writer, Writing Like a Reader
Reading Like a Writer, Writing Like a Reader
Workbook
Reading Like a Writer, Writing Like a Reader
Reading and writing: You can't have one without the other! Get familiar with every facet of literature in this workbook. It's packed with literary analysis activities.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
Worksheet
Great Wall of China
Step right up to the most famous wall on Earth! Spanning nearly four thousand miles, the Great Wall of China is one of the oldest wonders of the world.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Glyphs and Codes
Glyphs and Codes
Workbook
Glyphs and Codes
Explore the role that symbols and codes have in helping us interact with one another. If it's about the art of communication you'll find it in here!
4th grade
Social studies
Workbook
Naming the Native American Tribes
Naming the Native American Tribes
Lesson Plan
Naming the Native American Tribes
Can your class name the Native American tribes? In this lesson that integrates social studies with language arts, students will research the tribes of Native Americans who lived in various regions of the United States!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Spelling: Executive Branch
Spelling: Executive Branch
Worksheet
Spelling: Executive Branch
Children learn key vocabulary related to the executive branch of the U.S. government in this spelling worksheet.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Genres
Genres
Workbook
Genres
What is a literary genre? In this book, thumb through interesting quotes and the most popular genres. Your child has a chance to flex writing skills in a fun way as he analyzes what makes each unique.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Haunting Plots
Haunting Plots
Workbook
Haunting Plots
Practice reading skills with the help of literary friends! From Frankenstein to Dracula and Mr. Hyde, the gory gang's all in this book, with read-and-respond passages from famous horror literature.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
Lesson Plan
Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
In this lesson, Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech, students will be able to understand the allusion Martin Luther King, Jr. makes to the song "My Country 'Tis of Thee." Have students discuss allusions in this speech.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Analyzing Visual Elements
Analyzing Visual Elements
Lesson Plan
Analyzing Visual Elements
Give students many opportunities to see how visuals can influence a story's meaning. Show off your acting skills and read a great book to help them learn!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
From Page to Screen
From Page to Screen
Workbook
From Page to Screen
Research, review, and read about classic and contemporary tales for kids! Analyze and explore five books and their movie adaptations in this writing workbook for avid readers and budding film buffs.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Character Actions and Emotions
Character Actions and Emotions
Lesson Plan
Character Actions and Emotions
Use this lesson to help your ELs describe a character’s emotion based on actions. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson Close Reading: Reading Through Character Emotion.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
What Keeps the Moon in Orbit?
What Keeps the Moon in Orbit?
Worksheet
What Keeps the Moon in Orbit?
Have you ever wondered what keeps the moon in orbit? Newton's first law gets a quick introduction, too, in this worksheet for kids. Check it out!
4th grade
Science
Worksheet
Paul Revere's Ride
Paul Revere's Ride
Lesson Plan
Paul Revere's Ride
The students are coming! The students are coming! Debunk common myths and teach your students about Paul Revere's ride with this lesson plan that lets students finish their own graphic novels.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
What's For Breakfast?
What's For Breakfast?
Lesson Plan
What's For Breakfast?
Teach your class to develop strong inferencing skills by focusing on clues and hard evidence. In this lesson, students will play a game of “What’s for Breakfast?” to help them link context clues with word meaning.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan

Making Inferences with Nonfiction Texts Resources

Create comprehensive readers with these resources that have your students put their skills to the test. Students can read passages and identify possible outcomes from the information given, allowing them to become more creative in their problem solving skills. By being able to fill in the blanks themselves, students will get more out of the texts they read. Get more practice with our making inferences in fiction texts resources.

Useful Resources on Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts

Memorizing formulas, facts and figures is just one component of education. The ability to make inferences based off those formulas, facts and figures is a vital critical thinking skill. And it takes practice. There are many devices in the Learning Library to teach kids how to draw conclusions from nonfiction texts.

Many teachers find the step-by-step lesson plans are both timely and historical. As technology makes life more convenient, people are more distracted. A highly-rated lesson plan, Close Reading: Introduction offers students practice in paying attention to detail, not only in nonfiction texts but also in their physical surroundings. Another lesson plan uses excerpts about the Underground Railroad and asks children to write diary entries based off imagining they were escaping slavery. What are their emotions? What would be the challenges and dangers?

There are also dozens of printable worksheets with reading material students find fascinating. Kids can read about interesting characters such as the famous escape artist, Harry Houdini, or the infamous deaf piano prodigy, Beethoven. The short biographies are followed by questions that get children thinking beyond the letters on the page. Other worksheets are an investigation on crop circles, the moon or the history of cars.

Parents and teachers can browse the many ready-to-go lessons and assignments on making inferences in nonfiction texts. The helpful resources save educators time and energy without sacrificing the quality of the classroom experience.