Drawing Conclusions While Reading: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

When you read certain text, all the information you need to understand what you are reading is found directly in the words on the page. Other times, you have to think about what you have to read to fully understand it. In this lesson, you will learn how to draw conclusions while reading.

Drawing Conclusions

Detective Donut arrived at Melissa's Muffin House to find that someone had taken all the razzle-dazzle blueberry muffins from the store. Two suspects, Joey Jaguar and Terry Tiger, were lined up for questioning. Detective Donut noticed Joey Jaguar was holding a bag of groceries from the market next door, while Terry Tiger seemed nervous and had sticky blue goo on his hands. Detective Donut arrested Terry Tiger, and he confessed to the crime.

Why did Detective Donut arrest Terry Tiger?

To figure out the answer, you need to practice the skill of drawing conclusions. Oftentimes, authors leave clues for the reader that can help you figure out certain information that isn't directly described in the text. This could include such information as why something happened or how a character feels. To draw conclusions, you need to think about the following:

  • What do I already know about the topic of the text?
  • What have I already read in the text?
  • Do I have any personal experiences that are similar to what I am reading?

Let's investigate and see how drawing conclusions can help you when you are reading!

How to Draw Conclusions

To draw a conclusion about why Detective Donut arrested Terry Tiger, let's examine what a reader could know from reading the text and from his or her knowledge and experiences.

  • The text states that 'Terry Tiger seemed nervous and had sticky blue goo on his hands.'
  • A reader would most likely know the color of blueberries.
  • A reader could have had an experience with someone who was trying not to be caught doing something wrong.

If you combine what you know from the text and your own experiences, you see why Detective Donut arrested Terry the Tiger.

How to organize your thoughts when drawing conclusions

Looks like he was caught blue-handed!


After Terry the Tiger was arrested, Detective Donut put him in his police car and drove to the station. Read the next part of the story as Terry describes why he stole the muffins.

Pulling away from the crime scene, Detective Donut noticed that Terry the Tiger was sobbing.

'Upset that you got caught?' asked Donut.

'No. I didn't mean to break the law. I've had nothing to eat for two days because my refrigerator is broken. I was so hungry that I ate the muffins before I even realized what I was doing,' replied Terry.

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