In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about making predictions. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Make Predictions topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching Making Predictions
Stop and Go
Create a sign that says “Stop” on one side and “Go” on the other. Then pick a book to read with whole class. Look at the cover and title and make predictions about what the book might be about. Then take turns reading from the text. When it is appropriate, hold up the stop sign and pause to make a prediction. Students can write down their predictions in a graphic organizer or on sticky notes and add them to the page. Then hold up the go sign when everyone is ready to continue. Make sure that when a prediction comes true or does not come true, you stop and discuss with the whole class.
Give photographs to small groups. You may want to clip photos from newspapers or magazines or print them from the Internet. Have groups think about what might have happened after the photo was taken. Be sure they back up their predictions with evidence from the picture, prior knowledge, or examples of their own experiences. Students may wish to write their predictions down on the back of the photos or on sticky notes.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching Making Predictions
Choose a book and read it together. Be sure to practice good active reading skills and pause to ask questions and make predictions. Your child may want to take notes as you read together. When your child makes a prediction, make sure he or she supports her prediction with evidence from the text. Have your child verbalize his or her reasoning and point to specific clues.
The Plot Thickens
Read a story out loud to your child. At a pivotal moment in the story, pause and have your child make a prediction. Then have him or her write the rest of the story or chapter. Younger students may wish to draw or dictate the story to you, instead of writing it. Then continue the story together to see what actually happens. Compare the original story and your child’s story. How are they alike? How are they different?