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This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month’s issue discusses using books to help students learn to make predictions.
Making predictions (claims for younger children) helps young children understand what comes next. This is a sorting process. The activity in this book has the children of a class writing a story and making predictions of what will happen next. Extending those claims and asking students why they think something will happen next begins the process of making purposeful predictions.
Adah (San Antonio, TX)
Helping children develop questions leads to children beginning to make predictions. This article describes how picture books can be used as scaffolding in learning how to make predictions. This article is short and concise, easy to understand. I think it will be very useful.
Kathy Renfrew (Barnet, VT)
This interesting article gives several examples of how to help students learn predicting skills. One of the best ways is to read a picture book that has science concepts. Students can predict what is going to happen on the next page!! Just remember to accept any and all answers without criticism!
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)
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