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Making Predictions About a Story exercise

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• What is a prediction?

Hints

Remember, when we make predictions, we are making them about the future.

Solution

A prediction is the best guess about the future.

• Make a prediction about the story.

Hints

Look at the title, "A Picnic for Three." Use the title to help you make a prediction about what happens next in the story.

Look at the text. Ari and Zayd are saying they have a lot of food, and their friend commented that it was a beautiful day for a picnic. Which prediction makes the most sense?

Solution

We can predict that they will invite their friend to eat with them. We know they have plenty of food and are happy to see their friend. The title is "A Picnic for Three" and the friend is the third!

• What do you predict will happen next?

Hints

Do you think Ari wants to play in this mess? What does Zayd need to do before they can play?

In this story, we know Ari wants to play in Zayd's room, but there is a huge mess. Zayd asks them to come back in an hour, which tells us that he will do something to get rid of the mess.

Solution

I predict Zayd will clean his room. He knows Ari wants to play there, and asked for an hour alone. We can predict that he is using this time to clean his big mess so he and his friend can play!

• Predict what Zayd and Ari will do next.

Hints

If Ari and Zayd are cold, going swimming would make them more cold. Therefore, we can predict they will not go swimming.

Solution

Ari and Zayd will go home. They are cold, so they would not swim in the cold ocean water. Zayd mentions the car is close, so they would not keep walking on the beach. We can predict that they would turn around and drive home.

• Choose the correct prediction.

Hints

Zayd smiles when he sees Ari, so we know he is happy to see his friend. It would not make sense for Zayd to avoid Ari.

Since Zayd and Ari are friends, Zayd would not be angry that Ari was attending the same school as him.

Solution

We can predict that Zayd and Ari will spend the first day of school together. Zayd was feeling nervous, and it is likely that Ari is nervous too. They are already friends, so they can help each other feel comfortable the first day in a new school.

• What can you do to make a good prediction?

Hints

Remember, making predictions helps you understand the story.

Authors use characters, events, and feelings as clues for what will happen next in a story.

Solution

You can make predictions using these guidelines:

Before reading a text look at the title, pictures, and other text features.

Use clues such as characters, events, thoughts, and feelings.

Your predictions won't always be correct.