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Holiday Inference Centers Activity




Teaching students how to make inferences doesn’t get more engaging than this! In this set of holiday inference centers students will become investigators tasked with getting a delivery of unlabeled gifts to their rightful owners – finding clues and making inferences along the way!

What is this set of holiday inference centers all about?

The local community center has generously donated gifts to all the households of Bridge Valley Neighborhood. Each gift was hand-picked for its intended recipient. Unfortunately, someone forgot to put gift tags on the gifts, so no one knows who they belong to! It is up to your students to use their inferencing skills to determine the following:

Who does each gift belong to?

Which house belongs to which person?

How do I set up these inference centers in my classroom?

There isn’t too much to prepare when setting up these centers, I promise! If you’re planning to use them year after year (and you’ll want to, I just know it!) many pieces can be printed and laminated for reuse.

You will prepare 6 reusable stations (1 for each of the neighbors students are investigating), each with a set of clues. 

Each student will need a set of printable sheets to record their inferences about each neighbor and a printable introduction booklet that ‘sets the scene’ for the whole investigation! 

What is included in this inference center resource?

  • Detailed teacher instructions
  • 6 printable inference stations where students will ‘investigate’ a neighbor to learn more about them and determine which gift might be theirs.
  • Suggested Answers
  • Printable Introduction Booklet (also available as a full-color version to laminate and reuse)
  • A DIGITAL, Google Slides version of the entire activity! 

I am always on the hunt for engaging resources that help our students practice their inference skills… without them even realizing it! That’s where this center-based activity was born. I just know your students will love this activity as well. 

Looking for more engaging ways to practice inferencing? I’ve got you covered!

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Making Inferences – The Ultimate Bundle

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Inference Task Card Bundle

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