Lesson plan

Predicting Pictures

Enhance your child's predictive abilities with this creative reading lesson. By imitating the styles of Eric Carle's Do You Want to Be My Friend?, students will create and share their own mini guessing games.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Reading Pictures pre-lesson.
Grade Subject View aligned standards
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Reading Pictures pre-lesson.

Student will be able to make predictions using textual and visual cues.

(10 minutes)
  • Go over what it means to predict something. Explain that a prediction is a guess about something that will happen in the future.
  • Display the cover of Do You Want to Be My Friend? by Eric Carle.
  • Ask the class to examine the cover and make some predictions about what the book will be about. Some great guiding questions are: Who seems to be looking for a friend? What's different between the two animals?
(10 minutes)
  • Read Do You Want to Be My Friend? aloud to the class.
  • As you reach each page with an animal's tail, ask for volunteers to predict the animal coming next.
  • Provide a brief summary of the story once you finish.
  • Explain that the tails were useful for predicting upcoming animals because they gave hints about the animals' appearances.
(20 minutes)
  • Distribute two sheets of white paper and crayons, markers, or colored pencils to each student.
  • Have the class imitate the book's illustration style. They should draw the tail or hind end of an animal on one sheet, then draw the rest of the animal on the other sheet.
  • Once students are finished drawing, divide them into small groups.
  • Have group members show each other their tail or hind end drawings (while keeping their second drawings hidden) and make guesses about the corresponding animals.
  • After about five minutes, have students reveal their animals.
  • Ask for volunteers to share clues in their classmates' pictures that helped them predict the animals.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask the class to recall strategies they used to make predictions during the story. Guide them toward the fact that they thought up future events that would make the most sense.
  • Let them know that they're going to use a similar strategy for a prediction worksheet.
  • Distribute copies of the Choose the Ending worksheet, and have students complete it.
  • Enrichment: Advanced students can be asked to add text to their illustrations. Have these students imitate the writing style that Carle uses in the story.
  • Support: Give struggling students examples of animals that they can draw for their illustration exercise. You may want to have a few printed pictures of animals ready to give to these students.

An interactive whiteboard or document camera may be used to display students' drawings.

(5 minutes)
  • Observe students during discussions to gauge their understanding of the lesson content.
  • Look over collected worksheets later to identify any struggling students.
(5 minutes)
  • Collect students' worksheets and drawings.
  • Conclude the lesson by displaying some exemplary drawings.

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