English Language Arts, Grade 3


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Study Guide Inference English Language Arts, Grade 3

INFERENCE What is an Inference? An inference is a Reading skill. When the reader puts together his or her life experiences with the words of the author, he or she is using inferencing skills. A student who uses inferencing skills can read between the lines to figure out what the author means. Examples Maria sat down next to her teacher. Her teacher, Miss Brown, showed her again how to add fractions. Maria smiled and said, "Now I get it!" What word describes Miss Brown? a] sad b] mean c] helpful d] crabby The correct answer is c] helpful. Even though the author does not tell us that Miss Brown is helpful, if we read between the lines, we can figure out that a teacher who shows a student how to add fractions more than once must be a helpful person. We are using inferencing skills to answer the question. Try This! Use inferencing skills to figure out the correct answers. 1] After he walked home from his Cub Scout meeting, Mark opened the door to his house. The door to his puppy's crate was open. There were papers, bones, and bits of trash all over the kitchen floor. How old might Mark be? a] 4 b] 20 c] 9 d] 30 2] Taylor picked up the present wrapped in bright blue paper with a red bow. She put on her coat over her party dress and walked out to the car where her Mother was waiting. Taylor is a girl. a] true b] false © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at