Name: ___Riley_____________

Inferences Worksheet 1

Directions: Read each passage and then respond to the questions.  Each question will ask you to make a logical inference based on textual details.  Explain your answer by referencing the text.

Every day after work Paul took his muddy boots off on the steps of the front porch.  Alice would have a fit if the boots made it so far as the welcome mat.  He then took off his dusty overalls and threw them into a plastic garbage bag; Alice left a new garbage bag tied to the porch railing for him every morning.  On his way in the house, he dropped the garbage bag off at the washing machine and went straight up the stairs to the shower as he was instructed.  He would eat dinner with her after he was “presentable,” as Alice had often said.

1.  What type of job does Paul do? ___Truck Driver__________________________________

 How do you know this?   I know this because he has muddy boots, dusty overalls and Alice has to wash his uniform everyday.

2.  Describe Alice:  Kind, Caring, Responsible         ___________________________________________________________________

 What in the text supports your description?I know this because she always does stuff to make sure Paul is clean and so he doesn’t come in the house muddy.

3.  What relationship do Paul and Alice have? Married Couple____________________________

 Why do you feel this way?I know this because they share a house together.

Crack!  Thunder struck and rain poured.  Max stared blankly out the window, trying to contain his emotions that raged like the weather.  He was beginning to lose it.  Dropping the kite from his hand, Max broke out into full sobs.  His mother comforted him, “There, there, Max.  We’ll just find something else to do.”  She began to unpack the picnic basket that was on the counter and offered him a sandwich.  Max snapped, “I don’t wanna sand-mich!”  A flash from the sky lit up the living room.  Boom!  Mom sighed.

4.  Why is Max upset? ________________________________________________________________

 How do you know this?   I know this because he wanted to fly his kite outside but it started to rain.

5.  What was Mom planning on doing today? Indoor Picnic______________________

 What in the text supports your description? I know this because it said Mum started to unpack the picnic basket she packed on the kitchen counter.

“Tommy!”  Mom called out as she walked in the front door.  “Tommy,” she continued shouting, “I sure could use some help with these groceries.  There was still no reply.  Mom walked into the kitchen to put the grocery bags down on the counter when she noticed shattered glass from the picture window all over the living room floor and a baseball not far from there.  “I’m going to kill you, Tommy!” Mom yelled to herself as she realized that Tommy’s shoes were gone.

6.  What happened to the window? It Shattered _____________________________

 How do you know this?   I know this because it said mum walked in to ask Tommy if he could help her with putting the shopping away but when she walked in the lounge she found the window shattered with a baseball nearby.

7.  Why did Tommy leave? Because he didn’t want to get into trouble

 What in the text supports your description? I know this because in the text it said his Mum shouted “I’m going to kill you Tommy !

Today was a special day in Ms. Smith’s class.  Some of the children were walking around the room, some of them were standing in small groups, and some of them were at their desks, putting finishing touches on cardboard mailboxes.  After coloring a cool flame on the side of his racecar mailbox, Johnny hopped off his chair, strutted over to Veronica’s desk, and dropped a small white envelope into her princess castle mailbox.  Veronica blushed and played with her hair.  While this was happening, Bartleby was frantically trying to put a small white envelope into everyone’s mailbox.  After giving one to Ms. Smith, Bartleby pulled out a medium-sized red envelope from his pocket.  He blushed and tried to put it in Veronica’s mailbox, but it wouldn’t quite fit.  Bartleby struggled with it for a few seconds and then ran off with the envelope.  Veronica rolled her eyes and popped her gum.

8.  Why is today a special day? It’s Valentines Day______________

 What in the text supports your idea?I know this because everyone was making cardboard mailboxes and some people were putting notes in other people’s mailbox

9.  Which boy does Veronica like? Johnny_______________________

 What in the text supports your idea?I know this because when Johnny put a letter in her mailbox she blushed and played with her hair.

10. Why did Bartleby run? Because he was embarrassed

 What in the text supports your idea?I know this because when  he tried to put a letter in Veronica’s mailbox it didn’t fit but Veronica found him trying to put mail in her mailbox and was embarrassed and ran away.