Mentor Monday Linky 2/3/14: Making Inferences, And…A Very Special Treat!
This week we’ll focus on mentor texts for teaching the reading comprehension strategy, making inferences. This is a tough strategy for some kids to grasp. You need just the right picture book to model it, especially for first timers. I made this collage back in the Fall for Pinterest to showcase just a few books that have worked well for me with my students.
Take a look:
Today, I’m going to talk about using The Raft by Jim La Marche for a mentor text. First of all, inferences aside, may I just say how much I LOVE this book? It became a fast favorite for my students too. We always seemed to reference back to it in book discussions.
If you are introducing how to make inferences with your class, this is a great book to start. Nicky is sent to his eccentric Grandmother’s house for the summer. Being a total city kid, Nicky does not like the idea of being in the country all summer long. He discovers an old raft and some curious animal drawings on it. As the story unfolds, find out how Nicky develops a love of nature and actually enjoys becoming a “river rat.”
The book’s illustrations help to support you when you’re modeling this strategy quite nicely, so that is a real plus if you’re teaching inferences to a group for the first time. I’ve always used the following inference formula which has been around for a long time, thanks to books like Strategies That Work and Mosaic of Thought:
*Note to fellow teacher bloggers: If you’d like to link up your post with a mentor text about this literacy topic, THANK YOU!
Here is a link to the Mentor Monday button I’ve created.
Please use it at the beginning of your post to make it easily recognizable on all link-ups. Also, please name your post Mentor Monday Linky 2/3/14: Making Inferences. You’ll find the link-up at the end of this post. It will stay open until 2/5/14.
I’m so excited to read your posts to learn about some other great picture books. Thank you for visiting my blog today! I’d love for you to follow me on Bloglovin‘ by clicking the heart on the blue book in the right sidebar. Please come back each week for Mentor Monday! :))
Emily, thank you for the opportunity to participate and to read all of these great posts. I think this is a super idea!
Burke's Special Kids
Thanks for this great idea! I love having more suggestions for teaching reading skills. Although I love some of my tried and true books, I love finding new ones even more!
Emily…have you heard of The Library Dragon before? I forgot all about that book until I was putting laundry away in Catherine's room and saw it sticking out on the shelf, and I instantly thought of this linky. I also picked up a book this weekend, and I think your boys would love it…Bumblebee Boy by the same author as Ladybug Girl. Oh my goodness…so cute! Not for making inferences though. 🙂
I'm so happy you linked up! Thank you!! :))
I love finding new books too! I've learned about several new ones from these weekly posts. Thank you for linking up!
I have Carla! What a great book! Thank you for linking up each week. I've really enjoyed your posts. Now off to check out Bumblebee Boy. :))
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Hi Emily! I love the theme of your weekly linky party and the book The Raft! Have you ever read The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg or Mr. Peabody's Apples by Madonna? Those are 2 fabulous books I love to use to model inferring! I'm excited to check out your other book suggestions.
A Chocolate Dudley
So glad I was finally able to link up! I think I may have read The Raft, but it has been ages! I will have to check it out to use with some of my students! Thanks for the wonderful linky!
Reading Toward the Stars
Well I linked up just under the wire. There are so many great books to use for making inferences. This was a fun topic…thanks for hosting!
Hi Colleen! I love The Stranger! I use that for questioning. I haven't heard of the other book though. Thank you commenting!
Hi Andrea! Thanks for linking up! :))
Yay Wendy! Thank you so much! :))