Lessons & Units

Predicting Kindergarten Unit


Lesson 1 Repeated Text Predict the outcome of a story with repeated text.
Lesson 2 Picture Clues and Repeated Text Predict the outcome of a story using picture clues.Predict the outcome of a story with repeated text.

Unit Extension Ideas

  • Read aloud books with repeated text, and have students predict what text will come next in the book.  Books with repeated text include: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  by Bill Martin; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?  by Bill Martin; The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle; Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle; The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle; The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle; The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle; and Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.
  • As students make predictions in other books, chart the prior knowledge they used in making their predictions. For example, as you read Julius, Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes aloud, have students make predictions about how Lilly will feel about her brother at the end of the book, based on their own experiences.
  • Students will look at pictures in a story. They will draw a picture and write about what they think will happen next in the story. (See Additional Activities Worksheets A, B and C in Teacher and Student Materials below.)
  • If there are multiple Kindergarten classes at your school, write a shared story with your class, but leave out the ending. Then, exchange the story with another class. Have the other class read the story and make predictions. Your class can work together and finish writing the story. The other class can read the end of the story and check their predictions. Switch roles and repeat the activity.
  • Write a story on chart paper, but read only the first half of the story to students. Record students’ predictions, based on the text and prior knowledge, on chart paper and then read the end of the story.
  • Provide students with a shape pattern and ask them to predict the next shape. Students can also create their own patterns with pattern blocks and have a partner predict the next shape in the pattern. Explain that students used the pattern that came before to predict what would occur next. When you are making predictions in a story, you want to think about repeats in the story before making your prediction about what will happen next.

More Books for Teaching Predicting

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
Have You Seen My Cat?
Goodnight Moon

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