Lessons & Units

Predicting 1st Grade Unit


Lesson 1 Reasonable Predictions Make reasonable predictions for the outcome of a story.
Lesson 2 Supporting Predictions with Text Evidence Support a prediction with evidence from the story.

Unit Extension Ideas

  • Have students make a prediction and explain why they made that prediction. They can record their predictions in a graphic organizer. (See Additional Activity A in Teacher and Student Materials below.)
  • Read a traditional fairy tale such as Cinderella.  Then, have students make a prediction of what will happen in a fractured fairy tale version, such as Prince Cinders by Babette Cole.
  • Continue reading books by Kevin Henkes and have students make predictions based on what they know about the types of stories the author writes. Other books to use for predicting outcomes (by Kevin Henkes): Owen, Oscar, Chrysanthemum, Lilly’s Big Day, Julius, The Baby of the World, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Lilly’s Big Day, A Weekend with Wendell, Chester’s Way, and Jessica.
  • As you read a story aloud to the class (omitting the ending), have students write a prediction of how the story will end.  Then, have students trade papers with a partner and check to make sure their partner’s prediction is “reasonable.”
  • Play “Guess What’s in My Bag” with students. Put an object into a bag and provide students with clues about the object. Students can use the clues to guess what is in your bag. They can make and adapt predictions about what is in your bag based on your answers. Model this activity and then allow students to complete it with a partner using different objects. When you are done, connect this activity with prediction in a fiction or nonfiction text.

More Books for Teaching Predicting

The Stories Julian Tells
Cinder Edna
Strega Nona
Hedgie's Surprise

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