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I have to share the latest book from Maria Dismondy, The Fruit Salad Friend.  Maria is my go-to author for books that teach friendship, respect, problem-solving, and anti-bullying.  




Chloe loves school but is feeling like something has changed.  She begins to notice that those who she believed to be her friends are not treating her with the kindness that she deserves.  Chloe demonstrates how to be a problem solver and how to overcome being mistreated by others.  Throughout the book, she discovers the recipe for true friendship and surrounds herself with others who embody those sweet qualities.

Not only is The Fruit Salad Friend great for educators and students, but it is also great for parents.  The author includes before, during, and after reading discussion points, as well as tips for parents on how to boost your child's friendship making skills.

Emily Yost from Third in Hollywood has created a free Reader's Guide for educators that I know you will love!  She has included 10 lessons to accompany the book.  I love that she has included these comprehension questions below!


My favorite part of her Reader's Guide is the Be a Friend Challenge.  This would be a great challenge for your school to complete at the beginning of the year.  Imagine how it can change the culture in your school...


I plan on incorporating a Zen space in my classroom.  I will definitely be including these I Messages in the space.  This will empower students to be true problem solvers rather than coming to me to handle those inevitable friendship trials and tribulations.


You can take a closer look at The Fruit Salad Friend HERE. 




Hello, friends!  We are on snow day #5 today, so I have tried to be productive in my pjs this week.  ;)  I finally wrapped the final unit in my Growing Comprehension Bundle.  This one might just be my favorite!  Freddy Fact and Olivia Opinion are here to help teach fact vs. opinion to your little ones!  I am all about a craft, and this one is just too cute!  These activities would be perfect for first or second grades, especially if you are just introducing fact and opinion.  Let's take a look at each component!

Fact and Opinion No Prep Printables and Activities | Hands-on fact and opinio activities, kids’ crafts, no prep printables, fact and opinion posters, fact and opinion anchor chart, and so much more!  Read how I make fact and opinion super engaging for young learners!  education | art | fact and opinion sort

I always open the unit with an anchor chart.  If you know me, I like to prep them ahead of time.  I print the chart using the poster print setting in Adobe on my personal printer.  It prints on 4 sheets of paper, so you can trim and tape the pieces together to form a large poster.  I then laminate it to use year after year.

Fact and Opinion No Prep Printables and Activities | Hands-on fact and opinio activities, kids’ crafts, no prep printables, fact and opinion posters, fact and opinion anchor chart, and so much more!  Read how I make fact and opinion super engaging for young learners!  education | art | fact and opinion sort

For this particular one, I will write statements that are facts and statements that are opinions on sticky notes and let them sort them on the anchor chart.  As we learn more about fact and opinion, we can sort again and clear up any misconceptions.  This is a great pre-assessment!  You can also use this anchor chart throughout the week, recording facts and opinions on the chart.

Fact and Opinion No Prep Printables and Activities | Hands-on fact and opinio activities, kids’ crafts, no prep printables, fact and opinion posters, fact and opinion anchor chart, and so much more!  Read how I make fact and opinion super engaging for young learners!  education | art | fact and opinion sort

I always have posters displayed of the skill or strategy that we are focusing on for the week.  I usually display these up front by my carpet for student reference.

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On the first, we will make these fun Freddy Fact and Olivia Opinion crafts.  Students can refer to these throughout the week.  You could have each student make both, or you could split it up if that's too much for one day.

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I always include a detective case file.  You can put any applicable text inside and have students be Fact and Opinion Detectives.  These are great to use at a center for continued practice!

Fact and Opinion No Prep Printables and Activities | Hands-on fact and opinio activities, kids’ crafts, no prep printables, fact and opinion posters, fact and opinion anchor chart, and so much more!  Read how I make fact and opinion super engaging for young learners!  education | art | fact and opinion sort

I teach my students to look and listen for keywords when referring to fact vs. opinion.  Since these are little ones, I keep it simple.  You can have them glue this in their reading journal to use as a tool throughout the week.

Fact and Opinion No Prep Printables and Activities | Hands-on fact and opinio activities, kids’ crafts, no prep printables, fact and opinion posters, fact and opinion anchor chart, and so much more!  Read how I make fact and opinion super engaging for young learners!  education | art | fact and opinion sort

Text evidence is important when it comes to responding to reading.  You can incorporate text evidence by going on a hunt for facts and then for opinions.  I would do one the second day and another the third day of the unit.  Anytime they can refer back to the text, do it!

It also helps to let them use these little magnifying glasses!  You can find them through the affiliate link below:




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Some other fun tools are these bookmarks.  My students love sticking these in their books!  It helps them to keep coming back to that previous skill taught.

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This flapbook and mini-book are great to use with any book.  I give suggestions in the pack!  I love to give students pens or fun markers to use to complete these sometimes.  Whatever it takes to make it exciting!

Fact and Opinion No Prep Printables and Activities | Hands-on fact and opinio activities, kids’ crafts, no prep printables, fact and opinion posters, fact and opinion anchor chart, and so much more!  Read how I make fact and opinion super engaging for young learners!  education | art | fact and opinion sort

Finally, I always wrap up my lessons stating what we did today and what we plan to do during the following lesson.  We usually also do some sort of exit ticket or a turn and talk.  These exit tickets will help you to quickly assess who is getting it and who needs that extra support.  

As I said earlier, Fact and Opinion is the final pack in my Comprehension Bundle, but if I do decide to create more similar to this, I will go ahead and add it to the file.  If you are looking for engaging activities to use with books you already have, you can check it out below.  Have a great weekend!

Fact and Opinion No Prep Printables and Activities | Hands-on fact and opinio activities, kids’ crafts, no prep printables, fact and opinion posters, fact and opinion anchor chart, and so much more!  Read how I make fact and opinion super engaging for young learners!  education | art | fact and opinion sort

Fact and Opinion No Prep Printables and Activities | Hands-on fact and opinio activities, kids’ crafts, no prep printables, fact and opinion posters, fact and opinion anchor chart, and so much more!  Read how I make fact and opinion super engaging for young learners!  education | art | fact and opinion sort





Valentine's Day will be here before you know it.  I am starting to think about what I want to give my students and what they will use to store their goodies in from their Valentine's Day party.  I love doing Valentine's Day bags with my class!  I have done boxes in the past, and it's just too much.  It's also a lot to ask parents to make, as well.  So, I started using gift bags with my class.  I pick them up at a dollar store or Hobby Lobby;  there are typically several in a pack.  I really like the 8X10 brown craft bags for these particular ones...a cactus and a unicorn.  I also think it's just a really fun way to let students be involved in the creation of their bag.  Plus, it's just something extra fun to do that day!

I haven't decided which one I am going to make yet with my class.  They're both so cute and super easy to make!

Valentine's Day bags for your classroom Valentine's Day party!  The cactus or the unicorn will be loved by your students! 

Valentine's Day bags for your classroom Valentine's Day party!  The cactus or the unicorn will be loved by your students!

What do you use in your classroom for student Valentine's Day gifts?  Hopefully, these will make your day a bit easier!  You can click any of the pics to be taken to my shop!


Valentine's Day bags for your classroom Valentine's Day party!  The cactus or the unicorn will be loved by your students!

Valentine's Day bags for your classroom Valentine's Day party!  The cactus or the unicorn will be loved by your students!






Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Just dropping in to share February's Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for the following books:  What If You Had Animal Teeth?, Presidents' Day, How to Heal a Broken Wing, and I Am Helen Keller.  I love incorporating Interactive Read Alouds, because they allow us to teach a broad range of standards.  You can't cover an ELA standard once, and expect your students to automatically master it.  These allow you to continue to continually revisit it.  You will find that each week’s read aloud below will cover several standards, but I focus more heavily on a specific one each week while also including the others.  Each read aloud is designed to cover five days but can be condensed to four depending on your schedule.  All of my read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables.  This month includes lots of crafts and directed drawings.  Let's take a look at what my interactive read aloud looks like!


Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

I always have an anchor chart that focuses on the main standard for the week.  The first week of February is all about author's point, so this will be the anchor chart I use.  I print it as a poster in Adobe, which prints it very large on four pieces of paper.  You can then trim it up and tape it together to make a large poster.  We then laminate it, so that I can reuse it throughout the week and for the following years.  Since it is interactive, I can or students can add to it throughout the week and erase as needed.

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

We will just focus on What If You Had Animal Teeth? in today's post.  I always include 3-4 vocabulary words to explicitly teach.  Other vocabulary that may be unknown in the text will only be implicitly taught.  The words above I display in a pocket chart.  I have a routine that I follow that you can find with the unit to teach these words.

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

These sticky notes might be my favorite!  The questioning in the read aloud progresses throughout the week.  We progress from key ideas and details to craft and structure, and then finally to integration of knowledge and ideas types of questions.  The questions can be printed on sticky notes to stick inside your read aloud.  You are now ready to go throughout the week!  No planning!  My friend had the idea to turn the sticky notes sideways when printing.  That way, you can cut the questions apart and place them on the pages in which you will ask the questions!

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Each week includes a 5-day set of scripted lesson plans.  On day one, we read through the whole text as you can see above.  But throughout the rest of the week, we will only read parts of the book that refer to that day's task.  I include everything you need to do before, during, and after reading the text.  The exit ticket component can be a written or verbal response.  I find that a lot of times, I just wrap up my lesson with a partner talk referring to the exit ticket.  

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

One of the most difficult parts of planning an Interactive Read Aloud are the daily tasks.  The daily tasks all build upon one another to finally prepare students to complete their culminating task.  The daily task is almost always a written journal response.  I try to include multiples on a page to help you save paper and copies.  We all know those copies are precious!

I am all about making my Interactive Read Aloud engaging!  This month, as I said earlier, has lots of crafts and directed drawings that you can see below.  They all pair with a daily task, so you won't get in trouble for doing a craft!  ;)


Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

The Helen Keller activity above is an example of a culminating task.  This is the task you complete at the end of the week to assess if the students mastered that skill.  That particular week, I am assessing the standard that states students will be able to retell key details of the text and demonstrate understanding of their central message.  I will assess the retell part by listening to students orally retell the story, but I will mainly focus on the central message part of the standard this week.  I grade students using a rubric (which is included).  

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Lots of teachers requested that I also include a multiple choice test over the story.  This test also assesses the focus standard for the week.  This is great test prep, too, since they will start taking these tests in second grade.

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!


Finally, we integrate some language instruction in through a mentor sentence.  The one above is mine that I display.  Students will get a set of the sentence's words to glue in their journal.  We highlight specific parts of the sentence, such as nouns and verbs.  Sometimes, we add details.  We always add an illustration to match our sentence.

You can check out February's Interactive Read Aloud Lesson's below, or you can save BIG below with the bundle for the entire year.  Thanks for stopping by!  I would love to hear from you!  Do you incorporate interactive read alouds into your literacy block?  

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

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Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!  What If You Had Animal Teeth, Presidents' Day, How to Heal a Broken Wing, I Am Helen Keller





Our state (Tennessee) is moving to the Interactive Read Aloud model as a component of our ELA instruction very soon.  I have been using them for the past two years in kindergarten and first grade.  I love that you can cover so many standards within each lesson, and I LOVE introducing my students to such quality literature at the same time!  At first, I was concerned that students would grow tired of hearing the same text over and over, but it was just the opposite.  (Plus, you don't read the whole text everyday.)    Students became so engaged and attached to the books I used, that they wanted to hear them over and over again.  They even wanted to borrow them during independent reading time.  If you asked them for their favorite book titles, it was inevitably one of the books they heard during the interactive read aloud.  

I felt like I wasn't going deep enough in my read aloud instruction, so this summer, I read lots of research and decided to start creating my own.  It's a huge task, but I am loving it!  I feel like it has given me a greater grasp on choosing complex text and making sure I cover all the things that my first graders need to be successful readers.  

The purpose of this post is to take you through what an interactive read aloud lesson looks like and what it looks like over the span of the week.  I always like to see what it looks like in other teachers' classrooms, so here we go into mine!  And I know that creating interactive read aloud lessons is very time consuming.  That's why I have created this series of lessons.  Hopefully, they will save you lots of time and energy that you can then use to teach your little ones.

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

Tennessee now uses the TN Ready standards rather than Common Core, but they are almost identical.   I included both sets of standards within each month's pacing guides, along with a summary of the main skills or strategies covered with each read aloud. 

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready        first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

Not only are we expected to teach the Literature and Informational text standards, but we also have to cover the speaking and listening standards, as well as the vocabulary acquisition standards.  I included a checklist of those standards,  along with student grade sheets for both TN Ready and Common Core.

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

Each unit includes posters for the skills and strategies covered.  I have a reading bulletin board in my room where I hang these for the strategies covered that day.  I keep the rest close by, so that they can easily be changed out when needed.  I also have a mini-pocket chart where I store the vocabulary cards for the week.  (A vocabulary instruction card is included that shows you the specific steps to take to teach each vocabulary word."

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

And, of course, I had to include some interactive anchor charts!  I show you how to print them as posters in Adobe.  We complete these together to make them interactive.

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

I print the weekly lesson plans the week prior to that read aloud.  I like to print on Astrobrights so that I can do a different color for each day.  

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

I also print the questions that I ask during reading on sticky notes to match the color of the plans.  This way, I am not having to refer to that piece of paper for my questions.  I can just use my sticky note!  The questions included for each day hit all of Bloom's Taxonomy's levels.  The questions also progress each day from covering Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, and finally, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas.

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

You don't want to focus on solely one strategy during a read aloud.  I might refer to one heavily, but I am hitting lots of others, too.  At the end of the week, I give an assessment that assesses that skill I focused on more heavily than the others and include it at the top.

Let's break down what a lesson looks like for one day.  I always start with something that gets their attention!  It might be a song related to our theme for the week.  I might do a little activity related to the strategies or skills we are practicing that day, like the inferencing bag below.  It's always something to get everyone excited and engaged!  We then do our I can statement and cover or review our vocabulary for the week.  I include in the unit the steps I take to teach the vocabulary.  Vocabulary is a crucial component of the read aloud, so it's important that you hit it each day.

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready


first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

We then move into the actual read aloud.  On day one, you do not want to stop very much.  I usually have students make predictions or visualize.  They really want to just hear the story at that point.  But on other days, there is lots of questioning, partner talk, and think alouds during reading.  

After reading, students always respond in their journal.  I use this time to assess their understanding of the standard and to incorporate some language instruction.  It also gives me insight into how they are interpreting the text.  (It's very easy to differentiate during this component, which I love.)  I usually have them write independently.  Afterwards, we get with a partner and share our thoughts.  They discuss what is the same and what is different.  Lots of higher order thinking going on!

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

Afterwards, we wrap up our lesson and discuss what we did that day.  We also talk about what tomorrow's read aloud will look like.  Finally, we finish up with an exit ticket.  Usually, I have it displayed on my PowerPoint and they respond on a sticky note or a whiteboard.  Nothing fancy!  

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

Friday, or the last day, of the unit looks a little different, since we take the assessment.  I also always include something fun to do related to the theme.  It might include a craft, an art piece, a STEM challenge, or a science experiment.  Of course, you don't have to do that on Friday.  You could include it on any day of the read aloud.  

I am still working on a storage plan.  So far, I am organizing in binders.  But I may move to clear file storage bins.  I am knee deep in MISSION ORGANIZATION!  Lol!

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready             first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready             first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready
first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

August Interactive Read Aloud Lessons are posted!  September will be posted by July 31st.  I will always try to have each unit posted one month before it is needed.  I will also post it on sale for a short time, so be sure to follow my store and Instagram so that you can a notification as soon as it is posted!  I hope these help with your read aloud instruction and make this a favorite part of your day!  

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready











making predictions

We, as teachers, are always stopping while reading to ask students what is going to happen next.  We want students to be able to stop and monitor their understanding of the text.  This will, in turn, help with their comprehension of the story.  I wanted to stop in today to share some new resources I am using in my classroom to help students with this strategy.

making predictions

I always like to start by introducing the strategy of the week with an anchor chart.  Did you know you can print poster-size anchor charts from Adobe??!!  This anchor chart is in my Making Predictions Pack, along with the directions on how to print posters from home or school.  I also print mini-anchor charts for my students to put in their reading journals.  We, together, create our anchor chart for the week.  I usually use a read aloud as an example to add to our anchor chart so that I can model using the strategy.  Students complete their own little anchor charts with me.  This, my friends, is such a powerful tool for my students to anchor their thinking and take ownership of our anchor charts.  :)

making predictions

I also have this little poster I hang as a reminder during read to self and partner for students.  

Students can be very apprehensive about making predictions.  We know that they do not want to guess the wrong prediction, so it's important to have that conversation with them that it's okay to not always be right.  We want them to feel comfortable using clues from the text to make their best predictions, along with their schema.  Sometimes it's fun to be surprised by the author!  I know that this book is perfect for encouraging students to make predictions in that safe environment.

making predictions

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson is a darling book that not only is perfect for practicing the strategy of making predictions, but it also teaches the importance of kindness.  I like to stop during the reading and ask students what they think is in Enemy Pie?  Do you think he's really going to give it to his enemy?  I have students record their prediction on top of the pie in the craft below.  You may want them to write their prediction with a pen, marker, or crayon, because they often want to change their prediction after finding out what actually happened. ;)  

making predictions

making predictions

After reading, they record what was actually in the pie underneath the flap.  It's such a cute story and fun little craft that your students will love!

making predictions

At the end of the lesson, I showed this Pixar clip of Ormie the Pig.  I stopped at 2:38 and asked students to predict whether or not Ormie was going to get the cookies this time.  I gave them the option of a picture or words. 
making predictions

They recorded their prediction on an exit ticket and placed it in the Prediction Pail.  I found this idea at Kindergarten Boom Boom.  It was just adorable and super fun!

making predictions

You can click the image below for this freebie label for you and your teammates.
making predictions

These are the exit tickets I used throughout the week.  I switched it up each day and we threw them in the prediction pail or clipped on our round up clips.

making predictions

making predictions

I also have students participate in a cooperative group activity.  If time is an issue for you, you could have them do this during small group instruction or even during centers.  It would also be a great early finisher activity students could easily grab and work on.

I create 3 or 4 case files like the one below and fill each with graphic organizers and a book or passage.  

Students read the book or passage inside and complete the graphic organizer together.  The first time I do this unit, I like to use all picture books.  When I do this unit again, I might vary it with other books and passages.  The great thing about my predictions pack is that you can use it over and over throughout the year.  There are too many activities to fit in one week.

I like to give them a page to stop at with a prediction question in the file.  It gives them a purpose and keeps them focused.  It's the "CASE" they have to solve!  After reading, they record what actually happened.  

making predictions

making predictions

I also use this graphic organizer all throughout the week.  I love to stick them in a Smart Pal to reuse again and again.  

making predictions

Another day, just to switch it up, we used this interactive notebook template to record predictions about If You Took a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff.

making predictions

The following day, we read If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff focusing a little bit more on the clues students use from the text or illustrations to make predictions.

making predictions

making predictions

making predictions

These little mini-booklets are great to throw in a Read to Self tub for students to practice the strategy independently.

making predictions

And finally, my littles LOVE bookmarks!  Like, can't get enough!  These will help them remember to stop and predict while reading independently.  

making predictions

You can check out this unit by clicking the images below.  You can also check out my Interactive Anchor Charts below if you think that is something that might benefit you.  It makes it much easier for me to have my anchor charts ready to print and go each week.

making predictions 

making predictions


making predictions

Thanks for stopping by, friends!  Have a great break!

making predictions