While reading the story, pause and invite your students to make inferences about the story.
An inference is the reasonable guess we make about the meaning when we take clues from a text and add what we already know about a topic (background knowledge).
Some questions to encourage inferencing:
What would the jay have done to the ‘small creature’?
Where does the grandfather live?
Where is the girl at the end of the story?
You may want to fill out the ‘Making Inferences’ with your students as you read the book. I like to do it as a group so that the students can express themselves verbally as they practice making inferences.
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