I'm late to the game as usual :) but I'm linking up with a bunch of teachers - Teach, Create, Motivate; Sparkling in Second; PeppyZestyTeacherista; and Third in Hollywood for the TpT seller week #3 Challenge!
But what I've put together now feels really solid, for some skills that are hard for upper elementary kiddos to grasp. I start with pictures like this one.
Norman Rockwell is a great artist to work with because his pictures have so many fun details. So, first we observe, using some sentence stems to focus our thinking. Then, we infer, and finally we predict.
We work our way to text with a read-aloud, The Sweetest Fig by Chris Van Allsburg. Now kids listen to the words and look at pictures. Again, we observe, infer, and predict, some of it as a whole class, and some with a partner or small group.
From that book, we move to scaffolded text. This is a story I found in the public domain and edited to make more readable for 5th-6th graders. It's called Briar Rose which is really the story we know as Sleeping Beauty. Students read the story and infer and predict the underlined text.
And then finally, they get to turn to their independent reading book. By then, with all of this support, they know what they're looking for. And those sentence stems that started it all with the pictures? Yeah, they're still using them to focus their reading.
Observations, Inferences, and Predictions, bundled with PowerPoint. A labor of time and love, but well worth it!