Making Predictions while Reading: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:34 Predictions Before You Read
  • 1:17 While and After You Read
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Instructor: Tawnya Eash

Tawnya has a master's degree in early childhood education and teaches all subjects at an elementary school.

While walking along and enjoying a huge bite of an ice cream cone, you suddenly trip over your toy! What will happen next? In this lesson, we'll look at some examples of how to make a prediction based on something that happened in a story or text.

Making Predictions

Say you read the following in a book:

Tara was working hard in her room on her homework. As she glanced out the window, she saw the sky was starting to get dark. Then, she heard rain pounding on the roof of the house. Suddenly, she heard a loud BANG outside and …

After reading this passage, you're probably wondering what will happen next. Maybe the storm will cause the lights to go out!

When you are thinking about a story and guessing what will happen next, you are making predictions. Star readers make predictions before, during, and after reading a text.

Predictions Before You Read

Sometimes when you pick up a book, you just know it's going to be good! Making predictions before you read gets you excited about a story.

Some of the following features might help you make predictions:

1. Illustrations, or pictures, on the cover of a book

  • When you see a picture of something you like, you begin to make predictions, or guesses, about what a story will be about.

2. The title of a book

  • Books can be funny, mysterious, happy, or sad. Reading the title will help you predict what a story is about and if you might enjoy it.

3. Read the description of the book

  • If the back of a book or its jacket provides a description or summary, also called synopsis, of what a book is about, reading it can help you make an even better prediction about what will happen in the story.

While and After You Read

Making predictions while you read keeps you actively thinking during the book. When you think while you read, you're on your way to becoming a star reader! You'll understand your story better because you're more involved in it.

As you finish reading a text, you should look back on your predictions. You may have been right about what you thought would happen next. Think about what made you right.

However, you may realize that your prediction was wrong. That's alright, too! Just guess again. Think about why you may have been wrong. Not being able to predict a book can mean that the author was very good at keeping you guessing.


Let's try making some predictions!

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