Thursday, September 6, 2012

Free Give-Away! Making Inferences and Problem-Solving Activity Pack

Hello there!
I've finally posted my newest creation-"Inferential and Problem-Solving Language Activity Pack." I've always struggled teaching in this area. In the district that I teach, so many of my students have trouble with these skills and practicing them during a 30 minute session of speech is difficult. Sooo... I've been hard at work for weeks on this newest activity to help in this area and finally posted it to my TPT store! Hope you will find it as helpful as I did! I will be giving this activity pack away for FREE, yes that's right-free to the first 5 people who comment and let me know 1. how they teach inferencing skills to their kiddos and 2. include your email where I can send it. I can't wait to hear your ideas!

This huge unit is 30 pages and contains 4 different sets of cards, 1 set of "Busted" cards, and 5 worksheets to work on making inferences and solving problems.

Contains 1 set (24 cards) of "Take off the Disguise!" cards. Student is read a quote and must make an inference as to who would say it. Example: "Bring your dog back in three days" would be “veterinarian.”

Contains 1 set (24 cards) of "Take the Next Step" cards. Student is read a card stating a situation and must predict what would happen next. Also great for cause and effect goals! Example: "You spend time with a friend who has a cold." A possible outcome would be that you would get sick as well.

Contains 1 set (12 cards) of "Uncover the Mystery" cards. Student is read a multiple-choice riddle and must use humor and multiple-meaning words to figure it out. Example: "What does a dog do that boys wear? -pants, walks, shirt (pants would be the correct answer).

1 set (30 cards) of "Who Can Answer the Fastest?" cards. A fun version of the game "20 questions." Students are given 3 clues about a person, place or thing and must answer first to receive the card. For example "thing, bubble, sweet" would be "gum."

5 "Look for the Difference" worksheets. Students compare and answer inferential questions about objects.

This unit has it all! Best of all, it can be played multiple ways and will have your kiddos laughing and having fun while using their brains! Please feel free to contact me with any questions!



  1. I usually begin teaching inferencing with visuals, there is ususally something in picture we naturally inference that we don't realize we do (e.g. I have WH?s card pics...a girl holding a leash and a bone and the ?s is "what pet did the girl lose?" or something to that effect...of course the child needs to inference that it is a dog from that). I ALWAYS begin with a simple picture like this first to see IF the child understands inferencing and if not, I begin to teach it at this most basic level (I should preface this with the fact that I work on same vs. different, categories, synonyms/antonyms, analogies, and other semantic organization PRIOR to even beginning to work on inferencing b/c these are the foundations to those skills). Then I work up to short simple stories (yes with pictures)...eventually, I take away the pictures and once a child can inference from there...I begin to teach more figurative language skills (idioms, etc.). P.S. From what I can see above, your game will fit right in to teaching inferences for kiddos with varying levels of understanding! Great work! Maria D. @

  2. I like to teach inferencing through children's literature! In almost any book you pick up, you can find a way to teach and model inferencing. I also love catching kids in the act of an "almost inference" and use that as a teaching moment. Great work, Nicole!

  3. I use pictures to teach his to make inferences. I ask questions and discuss how there are clues in the pictures to inference. I give on to reading sentences and short stories... And discussing clues from them as well.


  4. I tend to teach inferencing through literature as well! I also love to use visuals like using WH-question cards.
    I love this activity! It seems great! Thanks! :)

    Let's Talk SLP

  5. Looks great!!!

  6. I have an inferencing deck from Super Duper that I use to start off, then I move to books that the children are reading. I also have another game from Super Duper, but I can't remember the name right now! It uses short stories/senarios to help teach the concept.

  7. I also use literature! Seems like a popular activity.

  8. What a great looking activity! Inferencing tasks are one of my favorites to work on, because you can actually see the kiddos make real connections!


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  11. I like to teach inferencing through stories and use of a lot of pictures/visuals. I also like to use wh Qs with picture supports. We also find the clues in the stories and the picture that help us come up with our answers.
    Thanks for you hard work on this packet!! I so enjoy coming across speech blogs. Helps me out so much.

  12. Wow! Thanks so much for all the comments! I love all of these ideas! I will be sending you my activity pack so be looking for it in your email! Make sure to become a follower on my TPT store for more freebies and materials from me :)

  13. Allison, I just wanted to send a quick comment to say that I LOVE your inferential language packet...defiately perfect for elementary, middle school and even delayed high school students! Its AWESOME! I can't wait to use it!!! Thanks so much for sharing such great ideas!

  14. Thanks so much for your kind words! My kids have a blast playing it-especially the "Who Can Say it Fastest?" game. I just posted a Halloween activity pack for figurative language on my TPT store that's also perfect for those older students. I'll be doing some more give-aways in the future as well so stay posted!

  15. It looks like it has been a while since anyone left messages on your website. I currently work in a very busy high school with students that need higher level inference materials. These materials are usually from simple stories and complex sentences. Are you still creating new materials?


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