1st Grade - Confirm Predictions

 
     
 
     
 
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Confirm predictions
Confirm predictions about what will happen next in a text by identifying key words (i.e., signpost words).
Your child will recognize the importance of prediction in reading. He/she will make predictions while reading using a variety of strategies including visual and contextual clues. Specifically, your child will understand that key words, also known as signpost words, can help confirm whether or not his/her predictions are correct.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What does prediction mean?

(2)

How does prediction help you become a better reader?

(3)

What is a signpost word?

(4)

List 5 conjunctive adverbs.

(5)

What does cause and effect mean to you?

Learning Tips

(1)

Before reading a new picture book, take a “Picture Walk” with your child. During a “Picture Walk” you read only the pictures in a story without reading the words. Go through each page of the story and talk about the illustrations. Ask your child to describe what he/she sees in the picture and based solely on the illustrations, predict what might happen next. After going through the entire book, go back and read the story together. Compare and contrast your child’s predictions with what actually happened in the story.

(2)

When reading any new book, ask your child questions about the story as it unfolds on each page. Sometimes, questions can be asked at the end of a sentence, and sometimes it is more appropriate to wait until the end of the page. As part of these questions, be sure to ask your child to restate what has just happened and why he/she thinks it occurred.

(3)

As you read together, ask your child questions that get him/her thinking about what will happen next in the story. Ask him/her who, what, why, when type questions that get him/her thinking about coming events.

(4)

Choose any of the “If You Give a Mouse a …” in the Neimeroff series and discuss cause and effect.

(5)

As you read together, remind your child to look for key words, sometimes called signposts or clue words, that let him/her know that an event is about to take place in the book. A short list of these words includes: consequently,
furthermore, nevertheless, instead, moreover, then, thus, meanwhile,
also, however, still, and therefore. Count how many times you see these in the story.

Extra Help Problems

(1)

Explain how weather prediction might help you get dressed in the morning.

(2)

What would you do if you dressed for a really hot day, but when you got outside you discovered that it was cold?

(3)

Can you explain how dressing for the weather and predicting in stories are similar?

(4)

Define the word however.

(5)

Define the word also.

(6)

Define the word instead.

(7)

What is a consequence?

(8)

Can you think of a consequence you have experienced in your life?

(9)

Do consequences change anything?

(10)

Have you ever seen anyone on television make a prediction? Was it correct?

(11)

Describe how pictures help you read.

(12)

How do pictures help you predict what is going to happen next?

(13)

What does cause and effect mean to you?

(14)

Make a chart of 5 causes and their effects.

(15)

Draw a picture that demonstrates cause and effect.

(16)

If you knocked over a glass of water, what would happen?

(17)

Define the word adjust.

(18)

How do you adjust when reading stories?

(19)

What types of stories are easiest for you to predict? Do they have pictures?

(20)

What types of stories are hardest for you to predict? Do they have pictures?

(21)

Choose a signpost word from the choices below to fill in the blank: The boy decided he would _______ drink lemonade than milk. A) not B) could C) rather

(22)

Choose a signpost word from the choices below to fill in the blank: The bird built the nest and _________ went to sleep. A) couldn’t B) then C) don’t

(23)

Choose a signpost word from the choices below to fill in the blank: The family decided to go to the zoo _______ of the park. A) including B) also C)instead

(24)

Fill in the signpost word in the blank space in the following sentence: The dog just finished his dinner, but he was ________ hungry.

(25)

Fill a signpost word in the blank space in the following sentence: The little girl wanted to go to the store, ______ her mommy said no.

 

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