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Character crystal ball
Students write bullet points about what they know about a character.
They make predictions about what will happen to the character in the future to create an epilogue.

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Key word story strip
Teacher makes a list of 10 key words from the text.
Students write a possible story using the words.

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Partner Read and Think
Use the Partner Read and Think guide during each segment of text that is read. The steps involve placing a stop sign in the text, predicting words they think are likely to appear, reading the section, identifying words that are interesting or unknown, followed by summarising the learning.


Revisit, Reflect, Retell (p 16-17)
Postcard predictions
Give small groups of students a postcard or magazine picture of a destination. Explain a friend has sent this postcard.
Students answer questions about the picture, ie What country was it taken in? What food might your friend be eating

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Predict the headline
Teacher cuts out a number of newspaper headlines, and then removes an interesting headline from the headlines.
Students predict the missing words

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Predict the words
The students read the title of the text and write 5-6 words they think will be in the text. They justify their choices with a buddy.
As they read the text, they tick off the words.

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The Reading Activity handbook p 18
Select vocabulary from text to stimulate predictions. Working with partners, students decide which story elements the word tells about and writes each work on the Predict-o-Gram. Introduce the story and involve students to read it.


Guided Comprehension in grades 3-8 (p 189-190)
Prediction flowchart
Teacher uses stickynotes to indicate stopping points in the text to make predictions.
Students predict the story after seeing the cover, title and reading the blurb.
At each predetermined point, the students revise their predictions

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Walk and Talk
Show the students the cover of the book/title.
Students predict what type of text they think it is (narrative, newspaper report etc)
Predict what they think the text is about
Write one sentence they think may appear in the text.
The students circulate around the room and read their predictions to others.
In groups of 4 write a group prediction.
Teachers read the text and students confirm or reject their predictions.

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Word Predictions
After modelling this strategy, students work as partners or individuals to engage the word predictions. Before reading the text, preview the text (look at pictures/illustrations) and list all the words you think you will encourage and explain why. During reading, place a tally mark each time a word from your list appears. After reading, discuss why some of the words did not appear in text.
Revisit, Reflect, Retell (p 173-174)
Create a word cloud from a text at

Y chart predictions
Place a photograph in the middle of a y chart.
Students predict what is happening before, during and after the photo was taken.

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