Target: I can ask and answer questions.

Good Readers Make Predictions

Good reader predict what they think will happen in a book. Predicting is different than making a guess; it's based on some kind of knowledge or evidence. Predicting helps readers want to read on to find out if their predictions are correct. Using what readers know from their own lives, or background knowledge, helps readers make predictions.
Ormie the Pig Wants A Cookie


I know from my background knowledge that the title of a book tells what the book is about. The title of this book is Wild Baby Animals, which leads me to this prediction: I will learn about baby animals in their book. I know already that the animals pictured on the cover are a giraffe, lion, otters, and a chimpanzee. I predict that those are some of the wild baby animals that I will learn about. I also know from my background knowledge that babies are small and need to be taken care of. I think I will learn the size of newborn baby animals, how their mothers take care of them, and what baby animals learn as they grow.

Wild Baby Animals

What do you know about babies?
What can you add to your list about babies and baby animals?
How does what you know about the size of babies help you predict what you might learn?
How do your parents or guardians take care of you? How do you think wild animal parents take care of their babies?


How does your knowledge of babies help you make predictions about what will be in this nonfiction book? Why is using background knowledge to make predictions important?

Readers Workshop Question

What predictions can you make about your reading book today?