Lesson Plan:

Preview with Post-Its!

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November 22, 2016
by Laura Gonzalez
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November 22, 2016
by Laura Gonzalez

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to preview any book and make predictions, ask questions, and scan for potentially problematic words.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Gather students on the rug and introduce the book for today’s think-aloud/read-aloud. Tell students that you are going to get your brain ready to read before reading by previewing the book, and today you will show them one way to do this.
  • Tell them that as a reader previews a book, their mind naturally asks questions, makes predictions, and scans for some words that might be challenging. Write the words "prediction," "question," and "problem" on the board. Their job today is to notice when their mind does these things!

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)

  • Show them the Post-Its you have ready with the symbol for predictions (...), questions (?), and problems (P). Then preview the book, stopping along the way to make at least one prediction, ask a question, and wonder about an unknown word. Show students how to put a Post-It on the page where these thoughts took place.
  • After you are done, read the book aloud, stopping at each Post-It to reflect on your prediction, question, and problem.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Send each student off with their choice of book and three Post-Its, one each for a prediction, a question, and a problem word. Tell them that they might notice more predictions, questions, or problems, but to only mark three today. They should be ready to share their thinking when they are finished.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

Students should quietly read their book, placing their Post-Its along the way.



  • Students who may need more support may benefit from having their Post-Its ready with the symbols already drawn on them.
  • All students should be reading books at their own level.


Assessment (15 minutes)

  • Circulate as students are reading and have them tell you about each Post-It that they placed.
  • Optional extension: Have students transfer their Post-Its from their book to their reading journals or the previewing worksheet and write out what they thought about as they were reading. This writing also provides a great assessment for the teacher.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

Pair students up and have them take turns sharing what they thought about as they placed each Post-It.

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