Friday, April 4, 2014

Making Predictions (Freebie)

I really enjoy teaching students about making predictions. I have seen how excited that students get when they are making predictions and thinking about a book they are about to read. I also know that making predictions is an important first step  for students to use their schema on a more regular basis and to infer about stories and characters.

In the past I have used a strategy that involves making predictions using vocabulary words and narrative text structure. 

The way it works is simple. As you read through the text you will need to pull out important words (about 10-15 words) from three different categories: characters, setting, and plot. It's important to make sure that it isn't super obvious which category words belong in because the discussion that happens between the students is very valuable. 

Here's a few pictures of my students from last year at work.

Here's a freebie so you can try it in your own class.


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1 Brilliant Teaching Thoughts:

Mrs. Beattie's Classroom said...

I love this idea, Beth!! I'll try it in my classroom for sure! :) Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

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