Group Size: Any

Time Required: 60 - 90 minutes

Learning Objective: Students will be able to make predictions about what will happen next in a story


Student Worksheet (attached)
Tuesday by David Wiesner
Chart paper
Sticky Notes for coding the text

Do Now: (Add a Do Now to the Student Worksheet so that students (S) have something to complete upon entering the room. I like to use this opportunity to spiral skills from prior lessons or to ask students to journal about a life experience that might help them to make a connection with today's lesson.)

Connection: We have already covered a number of major reading strategies.  Today we are going to move on to making predictions, one of the many ways good readers stay engaged and invested in their books and keep their minds active as they read.

Direct Instruction / Guided Practice:People make predictions all the time in real life. We live by the predictions the weathermen make, for example. We decide whether or not to carry an umbrella based upon what the weatherman says.

What is a prediction? (T will solicit S responses and record ideas on the board.)

We will define "predicting" as making an educated guess about what will happen next based upon what you have already read.

Let's copy that into our notes.  (T will record the definition on the board; S will record it on their worksheets.)

Predict - To make an educated guess about what will happen next based upon what you have already read

Let's practice together with a picture book.

(T will show and describe pictures from Tuesday and will occasionally stop to model predictions on a large chart paper rendition of the graphic organizer.  After modeling two predictions, T will encourage S to make their own predictions and facilitate a pair/share.) 

Link: Now it's your turn. As you read today, what will you be doing? (Have a student share out the "Links" section of his/her worksheet.)

Independent Practice: (S will read silently and code the text and record their predictions.

Since all S should have selected literature circle novels and scheduled meetings with their literature circle groups for this week, small groups of students may be holding their meetings at this time.

T will either hold individual conferences with students to monitor progress and to support individual goal-setting or pull small groups for guided reading / other interventions.)

Share: Our time for today is up. Please feel free to turn to your partner or take a short walk to your literature circle group and share your work for today.

Closing: Today we talked about making predictions, or making an educated guess about what will happen next in a story based upon what we have already read.  Remember, making predictions is an important reading strategy for sustaining your own engagement in your reading.

It's time for million dollar question!

1. What does it mean to make a prediction?

2. List the parts of plot.

3. Note to the Instructor: Insert a question here that spirals learning from previous units.

4. Why do we make predictions?


Brain spill to access prior knowledge
Anchor text
Graphic organizer
Gradual release during Introduction to New Material / Guided Practice
Literature circle novels are differentiated by reading level and by choice
Opportunity for small-group work at the conclusion of Introduction to New Material/Guided Practice 
Active reading strategy: coding the text
One-on-one Reader's Workshop conference to support individual students and to encourage individual goal-setting


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