Reading Beyond the Words: Making Predictions

An important reading skill for children to learn is how to investigate the text and make predictions when reading a story. This is a common core skill that is typically taught beginning in early elementary school but can be integrated into home learning at an earlier age. Successful readers make a point to internally ask questions as they are reading.

While at home you can support this skill by reading books out loud with your child to model questioning and predictions. As you are reading the book, you can pause after a specific length of text, like a paragraph or a page, and then pose questions to your child about the text. Good questions include “What do you think will happen next?, “Why do you think that (whatever action) happened?” These types of questions will help them keep reading on to see if their prediction was true or if something changed in the story to make their prediction incorrect. You can then use this as a learning moment to try to see what wasn’t correct as well as making more future predictions.

You can also use this reading time together to make investigations into the text. Here is a great resource from Teacher Vision that provides questions that you can ask your children before, during and after reading a story. What other strategies do you incorporate when reading out loud at home with your children?

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