Inductive Reasoning Lesson Plan

Instructor: Joanne Abramson

Joanne has taught middle school and high school science for more than ten years and has a master's degree in education.

Understanding inductive reasoning will help students reflect on their knowledge both in class and out. This interactive lesson plan uses a video lesson, videos and images of people around the world, partner work and class discussion to give students firsthand experience of inductive reasoning.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define the term 'inductive reasoning'
  • Describe when inductive reasoning is used
  • Explain why inductive reasoning is not always accurate


1-1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11-12 texts and topics.


Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


  • Videos of major world celebrations such as:
    • Rio Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • Carnevale di Venezia in Venice, Italy
    • Dia de los Muertos in Mexico City, Mexico
    • Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Images of the Semana Santa processions in Valladolid, Spain (particularly those showing people wearing cloaks and hoods)
  • Copies of a handout containing logic problems that ask students to find the next step in a pattern (about 5 problems of increasing difficulty)

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