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Reintroduce: Prediction

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Lesson Type: Reintroduce
Grade: K, 1, 2, 3
Group Size: Small Group, Large Group, Whole Class
Length: 15 minutes
Goal: Given a text, students will make predictions about it, revise them, and confirm them over the course of reading.

Materials: Fiction book to read out loud, chart paper or board, copies of My Prediction Table (print here) for each student

What to Do


Choose a book that appeals to early readers. Make copies of My Prediction Table for each student.


1. Review what it means to make predictions.

Who can remember what a prediction is?

2. Record students’ answers on chart paper or board and clarify the concept as necessary.

A prediction is a good guess about what will happen in the future based on what we already know.

3. Explain why predictions are useful to readers.

Good readers use what they know to predict what will happen in a book based on the events and what the characters say and do. Our predictions can be correct or incorrect. Sometimes we have to make changes to our predictions when we find out new information. It’s important to use the clues in the story to make good predictions.

4. Show the cover of the book.

Today we will be reading _________________________ by __________________. What do you notice about the cover of the book? Pay close attention to the title and the pictures. What do you think this book is about?

5. Direct students to their copies of My Prediction Table.

I’d like you to draw or write your predictions about what will happen in the book in the first section of the table.


6. Read the story; stop reading just before the final important event in the story.

Let’s think about what has happened so far. Did you predict what the book is about? Think about a clue from the story that matches your prediction. Did the characters say and do as you predicted?

7. Have students confirm or change their predictions as necessary.

Take a moment to make any changes to your prediction you need to.

8. Direct students to make a second prediction.

Now let’s see if we can predict the ending of the story. Think about what has happened so far. Does the story remind you of anything you have seen or heard before? What do you know about the characters in the story? What do you think will happen next? Write down your prediction in the second section of the table.

9. Finish reading the book.

10. Ask students to turn to a partner to share their predictions and changes.

Now we will share our predictions with partners. Turn to a partner and take turns telling your partner about the predictions that you made. Explain any changes that you made to them based on clues in the book.

11. Monitor the partner conversations, listening for consistent use of the strategies your students should be using.


For Advanced Students:

Encourage these students to write other endings to the book based on their predictions.

For Struggling Students:

Go back and reread details that refer to clues in the book that will help them confirm their predictions.

For ELL Students:

Before reading the book, explain the meaning of any key vocabulary or concepts.

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