Teaching students how to make predictions throughout their reading is such an important skill for readers to practice.
Predicting while reading increases engagement and deepens thinking. It is a great way to help your readers get that "I can't wait to see what happens next" feeling when they read.
But don't stop with making predictions! Increase the power of predicting by teaching students to explain and justify their predictions as well as to monitor their reading to determine if their predictions are accurate or if they need to be adjusted.
Do all of these things with this complete lesson plan.
A mini lesson on prediction, justifying and explaining predictions and monitoring predictions can be found here. An explicit step by step guide helps you model predicting with think alouds and shows you how to provide just the right support for students as they begin to practice predicting with more independence. An anchor chart to make thinking visible is also included.
The Great Gracie Chase, written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Mark Teague is the perfect text to use when teaching and practicing predictions with your class. I predict you and your students will enjoy this lesson!