Keys for the Teacher
Young children love to play guessing games. When they understand that predicting means the same as making a guess, they will be enthusiastic participants. One reason predicting is an important skill is that readers’ brains become even more engaged as they think through the next step in a story. Asking them to support their reasoning with facts from the text also encourages higher level thinking skills.
Keys for the Children
Good readers think about what they are reading and make a good guess about what’s coming next.