Last week Mrs S worked with us on the reading skill of inferring meaning. We use the knowledge that we already have (our schema) with the evidence that we can see in a picture or read in some text to make inferences when we read.
We looked at some pictures on the IWB to begin with and wrote down what we could see and then our inferences. For example one of the pictures was of a girl with a very big smile. We inferred that she was happy because of our background knowledge about smiles meaning someone is happy.
We worked on a sheet from Have Fun Teaching. It had a short piece of writing about a boy and his Dad. They were grabbing towels because it was a sunny, hot Saturday. The text did not tell us where they were going so we were asked to use our inferring skill to suggest a destination.
Most of us suggested that they were going to the beach or a pool and we used our schema about hot, sunny days and the words in the text to justify our inferences. One class member also did a very good job of using evidence from the text and his own schema to suggest that they were going to have a water-fight in the garden. He pointed out that the text did not tell us that they had taken bathers and that on hot days he had water-fights in his garden. It was great to see how he used both text evidence and his schema to justify his inference.
Part of the worksheet asked us to draw a picture of where the boy and his Dad went. We only had twenty minutes to do our drawings. Mrs S has created an Animoto of them. Take a look.