In this unit we are focusing on comprehension strategies as we read the story "The Whipping Boy" by Sid Fleischman. In this lesson will be focusing on making predictions. To begin a lesson we will look at the differences between inference and prediction. I have included a PowerPoint in the resources which we will discuss is a class.
To give the students practice making predictions, we will be working with mysteries today. We have done a an entire unit on mysteries at the beginning of the year and the students have been begging me to read more mysteries. I felt this would be a great lesson to include those mysteries and also let them practice predicting. The book we will be using is called "Comprehension Clifhangers: Mysteries" by Bill Doyle. I will read our first mystery aloud to the class. Will make predictions together as we read. I will have the students write their predictions on their whiteboards. I will then divide the students into small groups and have each group reading mysteries until they get to the stop sign at that point they will discuss the questions at the stop sign and make predictions as to what they think will happen next in the story. The stop signs are built into the stories which make the stories perfect for prediction activity. To make it even more enjoyable for the students, I will let them choose as a group which mystery their group would like to read.
Doyle, B. (2010). Comprehension Cliffhangers: Mysteries. New York, NY : Scholastic Inc.
Next, I will give the students the chance to apply what they learned about predictions as we read chapter five of "The Whipping Boy" by Sid Fleischman, we will make predictions as to what will happen next in the story. We will share our predictions together as a class.
Fleischman, S. (2003). The Whipping Boy. New York, NY : Greenwillow Books