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Inference is an important skill for students to learn in order to really dig deep into a text. People use inference every day to make sense of the things people say and do. Students use inference all the time, but they need some guidance in learning how to use the strategy with a text.

How to Effectively Teach Inference To Students - Inference is a higher order thinking skill that helps readers to comprehend a text on a deeper level. Read about several strategies to teach inference to students.

There are a few basic reading strategies that will help students improve their reading comprehension. Teaching students how to identify the main idea of a text is an effective way to increase their understanding of the reading. The main idea is exactly what it says, the main or most important idea that the reader should take away from reading the passage. In other words, it is the point that the author wants the reader to understand.

Knowing how to find the main idea is an important skill for readers.  Learn some easy steps for teaching students how to determine the main idea.


Designing an integrated curriculum unit can seem overwhelming. Integrated instruction incorporates different disciplines in a lesson or unit of study. Just learning the curriculum for a grade level or class can be time-consuming, let alone figuring out how to teach different subjects in the same unit. However, for me, finding connections between subject areas really helps me to feel better prepared - and less overwhelmed knowing I can cover multiple standards in one unit. I think of integration as the magic power that stops students from asking that irritating question.  You know, "Why do we need to learn this? When are we ever going to need this?' With integration, they know right away how they will use the skills they are learning!

By the end of this article, I will explain both how to develop an integrated curriculum unit and show some examples of units I have created.

How to Develop an Integrated Curriculum Unit walks readers through the steps to develop a unit.  Examples of integrated units are also provided in the blog post.

Have you heard of the book, The Goldfish Boy? It is Lisa Thompson's first novel and it is a winner. This is an excellent addition to a classroom library, most suitable for grades 4 - 6. The strength of this story, is its character development, and students will really want to find out what happens to both the main character and supporting character.
Have you heard of the book, The Goldfish Boy? It is Lisa Thompson's first novel and it is a winner. This is an excellent addition to a classroom library, most suitable for grades 4 - 6. The strength of this story, is its character development, and students will really want to find out what happens to both the main character and supporting character.

Are you pressed for time in your classroom? Struggling to cover all the standards in your classes? Try teaching with integrated instruction! An integrated curriculum connects different areas of study by emphasizing related concepts across subject matters. Teachers who would like to use differentiation might want to consider using an integrated curriculum, as they two work well together. This style of curriculum makes it easier for students to make connections and to engage in relevant activities that can be connected to their own lives. (1)


Are you interested in increasing student engagement and saving time in your classroom?  Learn about integrated instruction and how the integrated curriculum model will benefit your classroom.

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