Lesson plan

Predict It

Engage students in reading grade-level texts by making and testing predictions. Your students will be excited to read on to find out if their predictions are correct!
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Making Predictions pre-lesson.
EL Adjustments
Grade Subject View aligned standards
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Making Predictions pre-lesson.

Students will be able to make predictions about a fiction text.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Ask: “What do you think will happen when you go home today?” Call on a few students to share their ideas.
  • Say: “You just made predictions! Predictions are what you think will happen.”
(10 minutes)
  • Tell students that readers make predictions as they read. By making predictions, readers make connections with the books they read and have fun seeing if their predictions are correct.
  • Explain that you can make predictions about anything you read! Take out the picture book you selected and read the first 3-4 pages aloud. Think aloud to make a prediction about what you’ve read.
  • Read the next 3-4 pages and check to see if your prediction was correct or not.
(10 minutes)
  • Now ask students to make their own predictions about what they think will happen next in the book.
  • Call on a few students to share their predictions.
  • Now read the rest of the book to check and see if the students’ predictions were correct or not.
(30 minutes)
  • Have students select a fiction book at their reading level. Before they start reading, have them make a prediction based on the front cover and the pictures they see in the book. Ask students to draw and write their prediction on a piece of paper.
  • Instruct students to read their books then check to see if what happened in the story matched their predictions.
  • If students finish early, they can complete one of the following worksheets: Garden Power: Predictions, Birthday Party: Predictions, or New Puppy: Predictions.

Support: Have students write about whether their predictions were correct or not using details from the text to support their opinions.

Enrichment: Have a student's partner read their stories.

(5 minutes)
  • Assess students’ understanding by noticing how they are making and checking their predictions.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students turn and talk to a partner to discuss whether or not their predictions were correct.

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