Making Inferences Freebi

I've always been a lover of reading. I remember getting reprimanded alllll the time in elementary school for hiding a book on my lap during class! It's that desire to be a "wild reader"--to quote Donalyn Miller-- that I want to instill in my own students.

The book I'll be sharing with you today is one of my favorite wordless picture books--A Ball for Daisy, by Chris Raschka. This is a great book to read for making text-to-self connections. What child hasn't been devastated over the loss of a beloved toy or a broken SOMETHING? Students really empathize with Daisy as she mourns over her beloved ball. 
This is also a great book for teaching inferences--The author doesn't TELL us anything because there is no text--but the students can use their schema and the illustrations to tell you exactly how Daisy is feeling. Raschka does such an excellent job of showing this in the illustrations, which is why I love this book so much. 

Here is a little freebie to help you work on inferencing with your students. Here is how you might use it with this story--The picture shows: Daisy's eyes are closed and her ears are drooping. I know that: the other dog popped Daisy's ball. I feel sad when my toys get ruined. I infer: Daisy feels sad because she misses her ball. Click on the image to download!


  1. I haven't seen this book! It looks like it would be an awesome addition to my inferences unit! Thanks so much!

    Owls and Lessons, Etc.

  2. I collect wordless books and had not seen this one- must buy!
    The Meek Moose

  3. This is such a sweet book. It is so easy for the kids to understand and relate to!

  4. This books looks adorable! Can't wait to check it out :)
    The Techie Teacher

  5. We always need practice with inference- this looks like a cute book! :)

  6. This looks like a great book and perfect for teaching inferences to any age group! Definitely going on my list of books to get!

    Reading Toward the Stars

  7. I saw this at our book fair this year. The cover caught my attention, and I found myself oozing with excitement as I turned the pages. I am so glad that you posted about it, because it's currently in my saved section on Amazon, and I'll be needing to make this purchase ASAP! So happy to hop with you!

    Mrs O Knows

  8. This is a new one for me and i love the inference activity! Thanks!

  9. Wordless books are fantastic and so unexpected - they really keep my students' attention! Since moving to first grade I've been looking for more inference activities and this one is perfect. Thanks!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  10. Oh my this blog design. It is bright and fresh! Thank you for the freebie and book recommendation.


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