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Making Inferences Task Cards - Digital and Print Inferencing Activities

Rachel Lynette
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4th - 6th, Homeschool
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24 Task Cards + 2 Google Slides Files
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Making Inferences is an important reading skill, and these inferencing task cards and digital activities can help!

Each card/slide features a short passage with a text-dependent question plus a follow-up question asking students to explain their reasoning. Students will need to use clues within the text to infer their answers.



  • 24 Task Cards (prints 4 to a page)
    • Black-line
    • Color
  • Recording Sheets
  • Answer Keys
  • Directions & Suggestions


  • Google Slides (Regular & Self-checking versions included)
  • Easel Activity


  • Digital or Print
  • Challenge Card to extend the lesson
  • Reference Poster
  • Audio Support
  • Optional Self-Checking Google Slides
  • Multiple versions of the recording sheet included

Great for 4th, or 5th, or 6th grade!


NOTE: This resource uses American English and is not editable. 

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These making inferences task cards are perfect for test prep! Use orally in small groups, or individually as a writing assignment at a literacy center. Another option is to use one card at a time with the entire class. Students can answer on notebook paper and track the cards they have completed on the included recording sheet. An answer key is also included. In addition, there is an inference poster, a cover/label card, and a challenge card that can be used with any other card in the set to extend the activity.

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  • Download our FREE Task Card Handbook to learn 31 different ways you can use this resource including:
  • Test Prep
  • Small Group
  • Independent Practice
  • Literacy Center or Station
  • Whole Group
  • Game Cards

Here’s what teachers are saying:

✏️ "I have had such a hard time finding inference activities for small groups or individual students...this is perfect! The students can discuss, they have to justify their reasoning, and their ability to make inferences is strengthened through this practice. Thank you!!!!" -Rebecca G.

✏️ "Absolutely love these! Taught using a few each day when teaching inferences skill then used one or two occasionally to review as "bell" work as the kids entered my classroom each day. Interesting to see/hear what the kids inferred on some - more than one inference possible on some which encouraged debate using text details to support inference." -Christina L.

✏️ "The rigor of these cards is perfect for where my kiddos are right now. They "get" just enough on their own to feel successful, but there is certainly enough meat to really make most of my students think." -Wendy L.


Common Core Standards:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills TEKS:

  • LA.6.5.F
  • LA.4.6.F
  • LA.5.6.F

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About the Author

These passages were written by me, Rachel Lynette. I am a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects, as well as several teacher resource books. I have written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, Kagan, and several others. These passages reflect more than a decade of professional writing experience.

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This resource was created by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack for Minds in Bloom INC., all rights reserved. It may be used by the original purchaser for single class use only. Teachers may distribute this product in email, through google classroom or over the Internet to their students (and parents) as long as the site is password protected. In other words, you may distribute it to your own students, but may not put it on the Internet where it could be publicly found and downloaded. 

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24 Task Cards + 2 Google Slides Files
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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