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Inferences Worksheets

Making inferences is a skill with which students often need much practice. If you’ve looked for resources in the same places that I have, you probably haven’t been too happy with what you found.  I believe that the inference worksheets that I’ve created are of a higher quality than the other available resources and, as usual, I’m giving them away for free.  I hope that you’ll appreciate these inference worksheets and that your students may better this valuable reading skills.

In each inference worksheet students are asked to do two things: answer questions where the solutions can only be provided by making logical inferences, and explain how they got their answers.  Having students explain their answers helps to slow them down and cause them think about what they are doing, and open-ended questions make it easier for the teacher to identify when students are copying. These inference worksheets are now also available as ereading worksheets.  If you have a question or need further clarification about any of these problems or worksheets, leave a comment.


Inferences Worksheet 1 – Read the passages and then answer the inferential questions. Explain your answers by referencing details from the text.  I have revised this worksheet to make it friendlier for all readers. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Inferences Worksheet 2 – Read the passages and answer inferential questions. Support answers with evidence from the text. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3-7
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Inferences Worksheet 3 – Here’s another inference worksheet to give your students that practice that they need. Read the passages, answer the questions, and support your answers with textual evidence.Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Inferences Worksheet 4 – Here is another high-quality inference worksheet. Students read the passages, answer the inferential questions, and explain their answer by using text.Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3-7
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Inferences Worksheet 5 – Why stop when you’re on a roll? Here is another inference worksheet to get those gears grinding. This one has four reading passages and ten problems. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3-7
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Inferences Worksheet 6 – Many students have difficulty answering inferential questions. This worksheet has ten more practice problems to help students develop this critical reading skill. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Inferences Worksheet 7 – “More inference worksheets!” your students cheer as you come marching through the door holding this inference worksheet. It looks like all of the others: it is double-sided and has ten problems. But this one is brand new. The joy spreads around the room contagiously. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Inferences Worksheet 8 – It’s always nice to have choices. And in the spirit of having choices, I present this eighth inference worksheet. This one is also double-sided and contains ten inference questions. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3-7
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Inferences Worksheet 9 – What’s better than a ten problem inference worksheet? An eleven problem inference worksheet! That’s right. This worksheet has eleven inference problems. I couldn’t decide on which one to remove, and the passages are short enough that lucky number eleven fits. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Inferences Worksheet 10 – Are you still looking for inference worksheets? Here is the tenth in a series. Wow, that’s a lot of inferences. I hope this will help students master inferences. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3-7
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Common Core State Standards Related to Inferences

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 – Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

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ELA Standards: Literacy

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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1 -Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1 -Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1 -Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1 -Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1 -Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.1 – Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

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216 Comments

  1. Doris Torigoe

     /  September 4, 2016

    I also tutor ESL students and these worksheets are very helpful because they are short, and give more than one clue to come up with a conclusion. Thank you.

    Reply
  2. ShahK

     /  June 13, 2016

    Any suggestions for those of us who teach ninth graders? I find that students’ inability to adequately analyze a passage stems from their inability to make inferences. With effective practice comes experience and confidence. Any suggestion you could give would be greatly appreciated.

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  3. James

     /  May 18, 2016

    Thanks for these excellent worksheets. I appreciate the time and effort you’ve made in preparing these. THe inferences are sufficiently subtle for this age group and the passages are mature and relevant to this age. And it’s also significant that they’re free.

    Reply
  4. Deb

     /  April 19, 2016

    These inference sheets are pretty awesome….wish I had found this website earlier. Thank you so much!

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  5. Janice Usha

     /  April 18, 2016

    A splendid sharing of worksheets and exercises!

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  6. Kimberly

     /  March 4, 2016

    A life saver for a homeschooling mom, thank you!

    Reply
  7. Tyra

     /  January 11, 2016

    Brilliant resources, just what I was looking for . Thank you for sharing .

    Reply
  8. Elizabeth

     /  January 4, 2016

    Very glad to have found this wealth of resources. Thank you for sharing so generously!

    Reply
  9. charlene neal

     /  October 19, 2015

    wonderful resource. what a help when I need data for IEP Goals!

    Reply
  10. Deonna

     /  October 15, 2015

    Do you have any inferences worksheets with informative text?

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  11. ALi-Boo

     /  October 13, 2015

    What UK age are these aimed at please?

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  12. lorie ann g reyes

     /  September 9, 2015

    thanks so much, your worksheets are of big help to me and my daughter. Kudos!!

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  13. Kobie

     /  August 18, 2015

    I have but one word to describe your website: ‘Game-changer’.

    Reply
  14. Deyja

     /  August 13, 2015

    Thank you for these worksheets!

    Chanced upon your site, and while they are unrelated to how we teach inference for History in Singapore, I think they are good for scaffolding students (:

    Reply
  15. Kathy Miletich

     /  July 30, 2015

    I have been looking for exactly what you produce. Thank you so much for making this most excellent resource available for us time-strapped people. Well done you!

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  16. Hui Meng

     /  June 25, 2015

    Thank you for the Inferences Worksheets.
    They are really well thought through and great for getting pupils to support their inferences with evidence from the text.

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  17. Hira Irfan

     /  June 21, 2015

    Thank u sooooo much Mr. Morton for sharing such wonderful resource. N its totally free, user friendly and time saving. please dont pay attention to any negative comments, just keep this thing in mind that u r being a great help to many students, teachers and parents. I will keep you in my prayer. May God always shower his blessings upon u. Ameen 🙂

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  18. Rachel

     /  June 4, 2015

    These are great – thank you!!

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  19. sarah

     /  May 10, 2015

    Thank you for these wonderful inference worksheets. I have not used your exact texts or layouts; but change names/spellings/vocab to suit my UK primary school pupils (eg, they wouldn’t know what a ‘washroom’ was). I agree that not all themes are suitable for younger kids; but am happy to have your hard work to amend as appropriate, rather than starting from scratch. You have saved me a lot of time – most grateful.

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  20. Cheryl Huggins

     /  May 9, 2015

    I think these worksheets are wonderful! Quite frankly, all of you who are putting her down need to shut up. At least she is making an effort to help others. What are you all doing for the world? Sitting around spewing negativity at someone you will never even meet? Hiding behind the computer while doing so? You are the ones who are rather pathetic.

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  21. hkgrandma

     /  April 27, 2015

    Thank you very much for providing this free resource of Inferencing Worksheets. You have saved me hours of time.

    To the complainers on this site – what’s wrong with you people? Are you incapable of making your own corrections and using your own judgement? You come to this site for a freebie and then just complain about it.

    It’s not Mr Morton’s fault if a teacher uses age inappropriate material in his or her class.

    I tutor ESL to all ages and have edited and/or simplified the content myself to make it appropriate for the assorted ages I teach. In particular I “translated” the Americanisms and slang, as British English is the norm in Hong Kong.

    Had I tried to write passages such as these myself they would have taken me hours to do and Mr Morton has saved me a lot of time and effort by writing them for me.

    Thank you, Mr Morton.

    PS- if you like I could email you my corrections and editing for your reference.

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    • I happily accept all corrections.
      I even apply them sometimes.

      😀

      Thank you for visiting and defending the material.

      Best wishes!

      Reply
  22. Angela Adams

     /  February 11, 2015

    Great website!!! I appreciate all of your hard work and that you shared your creations with others!

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  23. Darlene Flanagan

     /  January 22, 2015

    I just spend over an hour searching for inferences on the internet that are more challenging than the easy ones I have. It was a nightmare (gotta sign up, gotta create an account first, etc.) Yours is the first site that had more challenging content, for free and easy to download and print. Thanks!!!!

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