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Cont e nt s
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Using This Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Mini-Lesson:
Teaching About Prediction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Student Learning Pages:
Review & Practice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Thinking Model & Practice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Pre-Assessment:
Thinking About What Will Happen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Practice Pages 1–35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Assessments 1–3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Student Record Sheet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

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Introduction

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eading comprehension involves numerous thinking skills. Making
predictions is one such skill. A reader who can think ahead to determine
what may happen next or how an event may turn out gains a richer
understanding of a text. This book will help you help students learn to make
reasonable predictions and anticipate probabilities. Use the pages that follow to
teach this skill to students and to give them practice in employing it.

Using This Book
Pages 5-7
After introducing prediction to students (see page 4), duplicate and pass out pages 5–7.
Use page 5 to help students review and practice what they have just learned about
making predictions. By explaining their thinking, students are using metacognition
to analyze how they made their predictions. Pages 6–7 give students a model of the
practice pages to come. They also provide a model of the thinking students might use in
making predictions.

Page 8
Use this page as a pre-assessment to find out how students think when they make
predictions. When going over these pages with students, point out that a prediction is
what is most likely to happen next. A prediction is formed using the information given
and what the reader knows. A prediction makes sense.

Teacher
Tip
For students
who need extra
help, you might
suggest that they
keep pages 5–7
with them to use
as examples when
they complete the
practice pages.

Pages 9-43
These pages offer practice in making predictions. The first paragraph on each page is
a nonfiction passage similar to one students might encounter in a social studies or
science text. The second paragraph is a fictionalized passage similar to one they might
find in a novel. After reading each paragraph, students should fill in the bubble in front
of the correct answer for each question.

Pages 44-46
After they have completed the practice pages, use these pages to assess the way students
think when they make predictions.

Page 47
You may wish to keep a record of students’ progress as they complete the practice
pages. Sample comments that will help you guide students toward improving their skills
might include:
• reads carelessly
• misunderstands text
• fails to identify probabilities
• doesn’t apply prior knowledge
• lacks background to make correct predictions
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he or she is making a prediction. Winston will take his umbrella to school.Mini-Lesson: Teaching About Prediction 1. explore why by modeling how they might think aloud. 3. Ask students which of the following sentences best suggests what will happen next. 4 Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. Scholastic Teaching Resources . Encourage students to explain their thinking for each correct answer. Practice the skill: Use Practice Pages 9–43 to give students practice in making predictions. Sometimes a reader considers information that he or she already knows to help guess what will happen. You listen to the weather forecast to find out what the weather will be like. Winston will leave his umbrella at home. Model thinking: After students have correctly identified A as the sentence that best suggests what will happen. It would not make sense. Ask them to point out the words that helped them figure out what might happen next. Information in the Text It is going to rain. an umbrella would be a good way to prepare for the weather. What the Reader Knows An umbrella is useful in the rain. A. Define the skill: Explain to students that often a reader can use information in a text to think about what might happen next. Introduce the concept: Write this sentence on the chalkboard: The weather forecast is for rain. Discuss why the other sentences are not correct choices. Teacher Tip Students can learn a lot if you review the finished practice pages with them on a regular basis. 4. B. That way you can dress and prepare yourself for the weather to come. Leaving an umbrella at home when it is going to rain would be silly. If it is going to rain. When a reader thinks about what will probably happen. 2.

use the information that is given. He was really sorry when the story ended. It gives you some information. Read the paragraph below. Use what you know as well. Scholastic Teaching Resources 5 . What did Kevin think about the author? _________________________________ Make a prediction. you are making predictions. Ask yourself whether your prediction makes sense. What author might Kevin look for when he borrows another book from the library? _________________________________ 5. A prediction is a good guess about what will happen next. Put the information together. The next day Kevin took the book back to the library.Name ce Review & Practi Date What Is a Prediction? You read a passage. Why do you think so? _________________________________ 6. He thought the author had done a great job. Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. What did Kevin think about the book? 3. But how will you use this information? A good reader thinks about the information. and then answer the questions. Have you ever done this? _________________________________ _________________________________ 2. What facts are given in this paragraph? 1. Kevin’s Book K evin read a book he liked a lot. How did Kevin feel when he finished the book? _________________________________ When you make a prediction. 4. A reader might think: appen next? What might h What is someone likely to do or feel? As you answer these questions.

Scholastic Teaching Resources . then it can get that person to a hospital faster. Many towns use computer maps for emergency aid. Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. the dispatcher looks at the computer map. People in trouble wait longer for help. Read the paragraph. Call 9-1-1 I n an emergency people need help right away. B. Ambulance drivers get lost. Then fill in the bubble that best answers the question. It shows where the call is coming from. This doesn’t make sense. The paragraph says help gets there fast.Thinking Model & Practice Name Date Making Predictions Study these two pages. This sentence is the best prediction of what might happen next. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. 6 I am going to fill in B. so this isn’t likely. They show how a student made predictions. The dispatcher plots the fastest route to that place. C. If an ambulance gets to an injured person faster. Injured people get to hospitals faster. This allows firefighters and ambulance drivers to get to a scene more quickly. When a 9-1-1 call comes in. The maps help the dispatchers plot the routes.

Late Laura L aura went to bed late and forgot to set her alarm. Laura will forget her homework again. That’s what I would do! C. This makes sense to me. The next day she got up late. B. Scholastic Teaching Resources 7 .Thinking Model & Practice Making Predictions Read the paragraph. She had to rush to get to school. This prediction makes the most sense to me. Laura will set her alarm the next night. In her haste she left her homework on the kitchen table. At lunchtime she had to stay in and do it all over again. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Who wants to stay in at lunchtime? I am going to choose A. Laura won’t do her homework for the next day. Then fill in the bubble that best answers the question. Nothing in the paragraph suggests that Laura won’t do her homework. I don’t think she is looking for trouble. Students try not to do this two days in a row. Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech.

freeze. B. A. A. shy. If you do well on a test. B. slippery. Scholastic Teaching Resources . a movie is over. burn longer. C. sticky. B. C. sad. B. electricity is failing. cold. If you get stung by a bee. that person will most likely be 8. proud. a movie will begin. your shoe will most likely get A. it will most likely get 6. soggy. If you bump into someone. C. happy. honored. it most likely means A. the flame will most likely 8 5. it will most likely 7. burn brighter. 3. B. annoyed. pain. melt. If the lights in a theater dim. A. B. 1. If you blow on a candle. welcome. If you step in gum. C. B. C. you will most likely feel A. C. Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. you will most likely feel A. go out. If you put water on a tissue. harden. Choose the best sentence ending. 2. C. hard. If you leave ice cream in the sun.Making Predictions t Pre-Assessmen Name Date Thinking About What Will Happen Read each sentence beginning. curious. A. 4. smelly. B. C.

Frank will keep on exploring. that he didn’t note all the turns he C. Then the grapes are laid out in California’s dry. Farmers water the dry grapes. made. 1. Frank will fall off his bike. C. They change color. B. The grapes turn into brown raisins. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. When the grapes are ripe. Scholastic Teaching Resources 9 . He does not know his way around the neighborhood very well. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. sunny air. Frank’s Bike Ride F rank has moved to a new town. Frank will ask for directions. Today he went for a bike ride. workers pick them from the vine.Making Predictions Practice Page 1 Name Date Read each paragraph. The grapes get moldy and rotten. Farmers there begin by growing grapes. 2. too. The grapes begin to get wrinkled as they lose their water. A California Story C alifornia is the raisin capital of the world. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Now Frank is lost! Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. He had such a good time exploring B.

The hare’s enemies will see it in the snow. Peggy will win the spelling bee. color to help keep it safe. The Spelling Bee T he spelling bee was almost 2.Making Predictions Practice Page 2 Name Date Read each paragraph. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. B. Each summer the snowshoe hare’s fur is brown. The hare’s coat will become white. A. Tony will help Peggy spell the word. Peggy did not know how to spell it. The Arctic snow will turn brown. Scholastic Teaching Resources . C. When it was Tony’s turn. Then it was Peggy’s turn. he spelled M-A-G-A-Z-I-N-E correctly. Only Peggy and Tony most likely happens next? were left. Tony did. coming. The Snowshoe Hare A nimals of the Arctic have different ways of staying safe. 10 Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. The word was S-I-T-U-A-T-I-O-N. It is hard for enemies to see the hare on the brown land of the Arctic. It will soon snow. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. C. Which sentence tells what over. The hare’s thick fur will change B. But winter is 1. Tony will win the spelling bee.

A shopper who 1. However. Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. They B. He took the watch to the neighbors. These are things that people almost always buy. They were very grateful to get their watch. milk and butter are in the back of the store. A shopper will buy milk and something else. Juan will ask for the watch. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. A shopper will buy only a carton of milk. Juan will thank the neighbors. Scholastic Teaching Resources 11 . So money-making items are placed where shoppers will see them. Juan will look for other watches. For example. B. gave Juan a reward. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. needs milk passes lots of tempting things on the way to C. C. Juan and the Watch J uan found a watch in front of a neighbor’s apartment. the back of the store. special buns may be on a table in the front.Making Predictions Practice Page 3 Name Date Read each paragraph. In a Supermarket A supermarket makes more money on some things than others. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. A shopper will forget to buy milk. 2.

A 3 on the scale means winds of up to 12 miles an hour. he spent most of the time joking around. Ted’s parents will be proud. Ted won’t remember his lines. Whole trees may be uprooted. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Watch out! Ted’s Role T ed has a role in the class play. when the wind’s scale is 6. Ted will get the most applause.Making Predictions Name Practice Page 4 Date Read each paragraph. up to 10. Umbrellas are hard to use 1. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. Leaves on trees will be still. Measuring the Wind T he Beaufort scale tells how hard the wind is blowing. Today is the big performance. 2. A calm day is 0 on the scale. He didn’t pay attention at rehearsals. Many people will go hiking. Everyone’s parents B. He didn’t do a good job of learning his lines. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. It isn’t easy to walk in the wind when the scale is 7. Instead. C. C. But today the wind is B. Scholastic Teaching Resources . are coming. The wind blows less than one mile an hour. 12 Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech.

B. 2. Amy wrote the date on her calendar. The colonists get sick from eating pumpkins. Amy will pay her telephone bill late. It also stated when payment was due.Making Predictions Practice Page 5 Name Date Read each paragraph. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. They thought pumpkins were only fit for animals. The English colonists were surprised. B. C. The big pumpkin leaves helped to keep the soil damp and free from weeds. The Native Americans stop eating pumpkins. Scholastic Teaching Resources 13 . Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. there would be an extra charge. It told how much she owed. Then she put the bill on her desk. Amy will pay her phone bill on time. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. If Amy didn’t pay the bill on time. they were hungry. Amy won’t bother to pay her bill. But the colonists had 1. Native Americans also used pumpkins for food and medicine. Long-Ago Pumpkins I n the 1600s Native Americans such as the peguot planted pumpkins in their cornfields. Amy’s Bill A my got her telephone bill. The colonists begin to rise and eat pumpkins. C. little food. Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech.

Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. and 2. Ellen races through her breakfast. there is snow on the ground. Ellen will lose her sled on the hill. The Chinese will think their guests are rude. Scholastic Teaching Resources . Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. jacket. It is a good idea for travelers to know what these are in the places they visit. Different Customs P eople everywhere follow different customs. These include fish lips and fish eyes. Her boots are not in A. B. The guests will ask for the fish eye recipe. C. so she runs outside B. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? gloves. the closet. The Chinese will send out for pizza. A Snowy Day W hen Ellen wakes up on Saturday. such foods. Ellen’s friends will take off their boots. In China it is the custom to give special foods to an honored guest. She joins her friends to go sledding. in her sneakers. Then she pulls on a hat.Making Predictions Name Practice Page 6 Date Read each paragraph. Ellen’s feet will get cold and wet. Sometimes guests refuse 1. 14 C.

Chuck 2. Jay’s plane will crash into a tree.Making Predictions Practice Page 7 Name Date Read each paragraph. But suddenly a gust of wind came by. Scientists will give up working at Pompeii. It didn’t look as if it would go far. Chuck will win the plane contest. They have set up museums to display the things they have found. B. held his breath as his plane soared. Little by little they have been uncovering the ancient city. The Plane Contest J ay and Chuck made paper airplanes. C. Hundreds of years later. Scientists will continue learning about the past. likely happens next? scientists began to dig it out. C. people lived in a Roman city called Pompeii. Pompeii L ong ago. Which plane could go the farthest? Jay went first. Scholastic Teaching Resources 15 . Which sentence tells what most covered. in Italy. Chuck’s plane will go backward. Then Chuck sent up his plane. Then a nearby volcano erupted. Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. Pompeii was completely 1. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. They decided to have a contest. His plane glided well before it landed. The ancient people of Pompeii will come to life. A. B.

while Barry was holding the door open for his Mom. C. This red spice is used in cooking all over the world. Barry keeps Bullet on a leash. The peppers will be sold for salads. Barry’s mother will praise Bullet. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. Each fall the fields of Hungary are dotted with red plants. Most days Bullet looks out the window at all the things he’d like 2. they are hung on frames to dry. When they go for a walk. Then the dried peppers are ground into a fine powder. peppers are now paprika. Once the peppers have been picked. The workers will all start to sneeze. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. slipped out.Making Predictions Name Practice Page 8 Date Read each paragraph. 1. The paprika will be sold as a spice. Bullet will wait for Barry to get his leash. Scholastic Teaching Resources . These are pepper plants. 16 Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. Bullet B ullet is Barry’s dog. Bullet B. C. to chase. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. But today. The B. Bullet will chase something in the yard. Paprika From Hungary H ungary is known for its paprika.

but it is not easy to get good pictures. odors. Steve’s father will join the rodeo. Reading Skills That Work: Making Prediction Skills Scholastic Teaching Resources Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. She loves her job. the rodeo. So 1. Most of the time she works in a zoo. Steve enjoyed the crowds. C. At school Steve told his friends all about 2. He loved the animals and the colorful outfits of the riders. She C. B. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. The animals do not know they should stay still for a photo. and sounds. It was a very exciting day. Jessie will yell at the orangutans. Steve will forget all about rodeos. Taking Zoo Photos J essie is a photographer. taking shots of the orangutans. Today Jessie is B. Scholastic Teaching Resources 17 . Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. The orangutans will make funny faces. right moment. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? Jessie has to wait for just the A. knows they can be very silly! The Rodeo S teve went to the rodeo with his father. The orangutans will sit quietly.Making Predictions Practice Page 9 Name Date Read each paragraph. They are her favorites. Steve will find out more about rodeos.

Mr. Today millions of people communicate with computers and cell phones. Mr. C. People will go back to sending messages by bonfires. A. Communicating O nce people used the smoke from bonfires to send messages over long distances. Mr. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? watered the plants as they grew. Lewin will pick the melons. Lewin will go on vacation. B.Making Predictions Practice Page 10 Name Date Read each paragraph. He pulled out weeds so the B. Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. Garden Melons M r. In 1876 Alexander Graham Bell invented the first telephone. People will get tired of so much communication all the time. He 2. Scholastic Teaching Resources . 18 C. Lewin will cut the leaves off. In the 1800s the telegraph was invented. Lewin planted some melons in his garden. plants had plenty of room. Now the melons are almost ripe. faster and easier. New ways of communicating will continue to develop. People built towers and used flags to send signals too. Staying in touch keeps getting 1. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A.

Gardeners will get rid of the ladybugs. The ladybugs will eat the aphids. however. they are pleased. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Many years ago he went to our school. So Bill stayed to watch for a while.Making Predictions Practice Page 11 Name Date Read each paragraph. We were rehearsing a play. Bill will ask to be in our play. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. Bill will offer some tips to us. C. The aphids will attack the ladybugs. Later he asked our teacher B. Bill will make fun of our play. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Most gardeners think of aphids as pests. Scholastic Teaching Resources 19 . These insects cause harm to plants by sucking out their juices. B. Ladybugs W hat do ladybugs eat? Their main food is a tiny insect called an aphid. Bill’s Visit B ill is an actor. Yesterday Bill came to visit the 2. if he could talk to us. C. school. 1. When people see ladybugs in their gardens. Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech.

1. The candies will melt in the sun.Making Predictions Practice Page 12 Name Date Read each paragraph. decided to play jump rope. So does acid rain. People will let old stonework fall apart. Marie’s Candy M arie had some chocolate candies. She ate one and gave one to her friend Judy. C. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. When a tree branch rubs against something made of stone. sun while they played. The girls will slip in the chocolate. People will try to take better care of old stonework. Pollution causes problems. The jump rope will get covered with chocolate. Today many fine old stone buildings are in bad shape. stone can decay. Frost seeps into stone and causes cracks. B. People spend a lot of time and money restoring them. 20 Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. Over time. Marie left the candy in the C. right? Wrong. Then the girls 2. Scholastic Teaching Resources . Builders will take down all stone buildings. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Stonework S tonework lasts forever. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. the stone begins to wear away. B.

B.Yuki looked through all the closets for ideas. Yuki will borrow a friend’s costume. But the animals often cross the highway for food and water. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. The Costume Party Y uki was invited to a costume party. Yuki will stay home from the party. C. 2. The animals will learn to use the overpasses. Yuki will dress up as a skier. They put up fences 1. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. spotted some boots and poles. along the highway on either side of the overpasses. She wanted to go but didn’t know what to wear. Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. B. The park is home to all sorts of wild animals. The animals will go without food and water. The animals will jump over the fences. So park workers built bridges called overpasses.Making Predictions Practice Page 13 Name Date Read each paragraph. Many are hurt or killed by cars and trucks. Highway in a Park A highway runs through a big park in Canada. Scholastic Teaching Resources 21 . Then she C. Her mom said she could not afford to buy a costume. just for the animals.

C. B. Scholastic Teaching Resources . scientists can guide a spacecraft away from space junk. But as more and more junk is left in space. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Bert’s Birthday S ue knew that her brother Bert’s birthday was coming soon. It was hard to decide what to get. rockets. B. Space junk can hit a spacecraft and damage it.Making Predictions Practice Page 14 Name Date Read each paragraph. One day Bert told Sue about a 2. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Scientists will stop worrying about space junk. and even tools lost by astronauts. Bert seemed really interested C. in this topic. Space junk will start to fall to Earth. She wanted to buy him a gift. Sue will get Bert some goldfish for his birthday. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. So scientists are working on ideas for getting rid of space junk. the danger grows. Scientists will find ways to clean up space. Sue will serve fish for dinner on Bert’s birthday. It was about fish. Sue will forget to buy a present for Bert. Space Junk id you know there is junk in D space? This junk is made up of old satellites. 1. 22 Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. Usually. book he had read.

She kept working at those knots. hard time. She got a book from the library and read it carefully. fishermen used these dogs to pull their fishing nets. The Newfoundlands would often dive in after fishermen C. though. oily fur. B. B. Special Days N ewfoundlands are a special kind of dog. Joan will decide to learn another skill. She tried to follow the directions. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? webbed feet. People began using Newfoundlands as rescue dogs. They also have 1. Long ago.Making Predictions Practice Page 15 Name Date Read each paragraph. Joan will write to the book’s author. People thought Newfoundlands would be good house pets. Tying Knots J 2. But Joan had a most likely happens next? A. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. Reading Skills That Work: Making Prediction Skills Scholastic Teaching Resources Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. Joan didn’t give up C. A. They have layers of fat under their skin and thick. Her knots did not always come out right. Scholastic Teaching Resources 23 . Joan will learn how to tie knots. Newfoundlands began eating too much fish from the nets. Which sentence tells what oan wanted to learn how to tie knots. who fell overboard too.

Wild cranes will start to follow the plane too. The cranes will learn to fly south by themselves. 24 Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. Alano took all the food from the C. Mr. 1. Then the plane took off. B. The plane flew for two hours each day. So did the birds. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. 2. The family began to eat. The tame cranes followed it. Alano will fall in the pond. No one saw the anthill. C. Mr. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. Mrs. A Family Picnic T he Alanos went on a family picnic. So scientists trained some cranes they had raised to follow a small plane. They chose a pretty place to sit. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. The ants will share the picnic. Mrs. basket. The pilot played a tape of adult cranes calling one another.Making Predictions Practice Page 16 Name Date Read each paragraph. Flying South W ild cranes fly south each fall. The cranes will get into the plane with the pilot. It had a nice view of a pond. Scholastic Teaching Resources . Alano spread a blanket. B. But cranes raised by people do not have parents to teach them how to do this. Alano will take a nap.

it dies. These butterflies also die. At the Beach L ou and Len were at the beach with their father. This A. The young butterfly will fly east. Butterfly Travels T he monarch butterfly is quite a traveler. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? but their young go on. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. They worked for a long time. The boys’ dad will jump on the sand castle. continues until fall. Each spring the monarch leaves Mexico. Reading Skills That Work: Making Prediction Skills Scholastic Teaching Resources Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. C. Then they went for a swim with their dad. B. But its young continue north. heads south. They chose a place where the sand was wet and easy to work with. The boys decided to make a fort in the sand. great-great-grandchild of the first butterfly turns and C. The young butterfly will get lost. Lou noticed 2. 1. Then the B.Making Predictions Practice Page 17 Name Date Read each paragraph. The tide will wash away the sand castle. that the tide was coming in. It starts flying north to Canada. The young butterfly will head for Mexico. Some seagulls will attack the sand castle. On the way. Scholastic Teaching Resources 25 .

Kelly will call to say he’ll be late. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. A New Road A bulldozer clears a path. Boats will begin traveling on the road. 26 Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. sand is spread and rolled into the 1. It looked as if Mr. The road will be closed for repairs. Mr. The call took a while. Along comes a water truck to water the path. C. Mr. B. Then more trucks drop loads of small stones to be pressed into the surface. rang. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. A new road is ready. It is followed by a roller. tar.Making Predictions Practice Page 18 Name Date Read each paragraph. Finally. after work. Then a scraper makes the path smooth. Scholastic Teaching Resources . As he was putting on his coat. Kelly would be C. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. his office phone B. Dinner Plans M r. Still another truck sprays tar on the path. Kelly will go home instead. Mr. late for dinner. The road will open to cars and trucks. Kelly will go without dinner tonight. A grader spreads the dirt to make the path even. Kelly was invited to a friend’s house for dinner 2.

Which sentence tells what most eedee is planning to run in a race this weekend. Now Deedee’s ankle hurts. She C. Scientists will give up on solving the mystery. B. Deedee will run in the race anyway. Scholastic Teaching Resources 27 . B. Scientists will keep working on the mystery. Deedee will have someone run for her. Deedee will drop out of the race. Today she slipped on a wet likely happens next? A. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. sidewalk covered with leaves. Then they disappeared. Reading Skills That Work: Making Prediction Skills Scholastic Teaching Resources Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. The Race D 2. can’t put any weight on it. But scientists keep likely happens next? A. Which sentence tells what most get a disease? Were they too stupid to protect themselves from enemies? Did a huge asteroid crash into Earth and cause a giant cloud that blocked the sun? Did a super volcano on Earth blow up? No one is sure. coming up with possible ideas. Scientists will find some living dinosaurs. She has been working out for weeks to get ready. dinosaurs lived on Earth. What happened to them? Did they all 1. C. What Happened? M illions of years ago.Making Predictions Practice Page 19 Name Date Read each paragraph.

Barb and her mother will eat the birdseed. They studied their yard to find a good place for it. Barb filled it with birdseed. C. When the feeder was set up. Underground Water S ometimes rainwater makes its way through small spaces in underground rock.Making Predictions 0 Practice Page 2 Name Date Read each paragraph. This water may travel underground for thousands of years. C. Scholastic Teaching Resources . B. The water in the caves will begin to freeze. In some places underground rivers flow through the caves. Barb and her mother will take down the feeder. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. each morning. The Bird Feeder B arb and her mother bought a bird feeder. B. Over time the water carves out caves in the rock. The water will keep on changing the caves. 28 Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. The moving water wears away the cave walls and forms new passageways. Barb and her mother will watch the birds eating. Then she and her mother began watching the feeder 1. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. The water will disappear from the caves. 2.

to the store. Burns needed to go C. The English language will run out of new words. A Snowy Problem I t began to snow in the afternoon. Dictionary writers keep busy tracking these changes. 1. Burns watched it cover his yard and sidewalk. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. Mr. Words. Words. But the snow in front of his house was very deep. stopped. Words W ill the word muggles soon appear in a dictionary? Words in the English language keep changing. Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. C. Very often new words enter the language. B. The words in dictionaries will keep changing. People will stop selling new dictionaries. Mr. At about four o’clock the snow B. Burns will shovel his sidewalk.Making Predictions 1 Practice Page 2 Name Date Read each paragraph. Sometimes people stop using certain words. For example. Mr. Mr. Burns will get out his sled. 2. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Mr. e-mail came into use with computers. Scholastic Teaching Resources 29 . Burns will wait for the snow to melt.

That’s when aluminum tubes were used in backpack frames. 30 Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. park to eat her lunch. Camping equipment will get harder to use. Rita’s Lunch R ita bought a sandwich and a container of tea. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Backpacks became lighter in the mid 1950s. Scholastic Teaching Resources . By 1976 campers could take freeze-dried foods on their outings. Camping Equipment C amping keeps getting easier. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. C. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. B. Then Rita headed for the C. And in the 1990s new tent designs were available. In 1923 the first gas camp stove was sold. As the clerk put Rita’s things in a paper bag. Improved equipment will help campers. In the 1980s special lightweight hiking boots came out. 1.Making Predictions 2 Practice Page 2 Name Date Read each paragraph. B. The clerk will run after Rita with a dry bag. 2. Rita will enjoy her lunch in the park. People will give up hiking and camping. Neither Rita nor the clerk noticed. the tea spilled a little. Rita’s lunch will fall through the wet bag.

Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. Rivers C. People use robots to do dangerous work such as exploring volcanoes or the ocean floor. Many more uses will be found for robots. Robot Helpers R obots have explored other planets. called the catalog company. For example. Scientists keep finding more ways for robots to help us. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. It would be just the thing for her dog Shep. her eye. Shep will pay for the dog bed. So Mrs. Robots will take over the world. Rivers. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. Rivers got a big catalog in the mail. Robots will get tired of doing so much. shopping centers and C. Rivers will sleep in the dog bed. all the different things there were to buy. Mrs. The dog bed will be sent to Mrs. A Catalog Call M rs. She looked at 2. These machines also do many jobs in factories.Making Predictions 3 Practice Page 2 Name Date Read each paragraph. used to give directions in B. Scholastic Teaching Resources 31 . amusement parks. Robots are also 1. robots are used to make cars. A colorful dog bed caught B.

B. Clark will do his homework in the kitchen. B. out of the oven. In 2002 Mr. C. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. The children will write a letter to the author asking for the book. Clark’s sister will drop the cupcakes. Carle started a museum of picture books. many children want 1. The children will draw their own pictures on the museum wall. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. good! Sure enough. After School C lark was very hungry when he came home from school. Scholastic Teaching Resources . 32 Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. A Special Museum H ave you read the picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar? It is one of many books written and drawn by Eric Carle. The museum shows the art from different children’s books. Clark will ask his sister for a cupcake.Making Predictions 4 Practice Page 2 Name Date Read each paragraph. His nose led him right to the kitchen. After looking at a picture. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. to read the book it came from. Clark saw his older sister taking some cupcakes C. The children will find the book they want in the library. Something there smelled 2.

Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to ride in a car. Niko’s Trees N iko and his dad were looking at the trees in their backyard. The first president to have his photo taken was James Knox Polk.Making Predictions 5 Practice Page 2 Name Date Read each paragraph. Firsts for Presidents U nited States presidents like to try new inventions. B. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Presidents will keep on trying new things. B. bright red and yellow leaves. The leaves will start to fall off the trees. Scholastic Teaching Resources 33 . That was in 1849. Niko loved the 2. this and not change anymore. and Warren G. Presidents will invent many new things. Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. He wished the trees would stay like C. Who was the first president 1. Birds will start making nests in the trees. on TV? It was Dwight Eisenhower. Presidents will stop trying new things. As the cool days of fall began. Harding was the first to be on the radio. C. The leaves will turn green very soon. In 1833 Andrew Jackson was the first president to ride on a train. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. the trees were turning pretty colors.

Tricking the Brain B LUE. Tessa’s grandmother is coming for a visit. B. Your brain will read the word RED quickly. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Her books and games are scattered all over. it is harder for you to read the word.You read the words for colors all the time. Tessa’s dad will clean up the room. says RED. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. Scholastic Teaching Resources . Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. B. Suppose you see a sign that 1.Making Predictions 6 Practice Page 2 Name Date Read each paragraph. Your brain will read the word ORANGE. Tomorrow 2. Tessa’s Room T essa has a messy room. That’s because your brain is getting two messages—blue and green. Her clothes are in a heap on the floor. Tessa’s grandmother will visit another time. The brain gets confused when it receives two messages that don’t agree. C. The letters are yellow.You just read the word for the color blue. But if the letters for BLUE are printed in the color green. her room for a talk. Tessa’s dad has come up to C. 34 Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. Tessa’s dad will tell Tessa to clean her room. Your brain will take longer to get the message.

Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. At that time reports said that a lake monster killed a swimmer. C. Holly will plant the wildflowers in her garden. Along the way she picked some pretty wildflowers. B. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Loch Ness monster stories will continue. Later they stopped 2. time they finally got home. The Loch Ness Monster L och Ness is a large lake in Scotland. People will stop believing in the monster. Some people have even made fake photos of it. Holly will find that her wildflowers have wilted. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. Scholastic Teaching Resources 35 . or unreal. The Loch Ness monster will come up on land. Wildflowers H olly went for a walk with her aunt and uncle. to eat lunch on a rock by a stream. Holly will try to sell her wildflowers. Since then many people have told tales about the monster. Many people think a huge monster lives in the lake. Holly was tired by the C. Scientists have made tests but cannot prove it is real— 1.Making Predictions 7 Practice Page 2 Name Date Read each paragraph. B. The stories first started in the year 565. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A.

Leon will find that his desk is wet. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. Leon’s Desk L eon’s desk is near a window. as Leon gets up. Factories have found that visitors can be big business. Leon will go back to bed until the rain stops. This morning. People will wait in line to take the tour again. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. 2. he leaves it open during the night while he 1. People will try to get jobs working at the factory. cereal. he sees that it is raining. Usually. families drive many miles to visit factories that make crayons and baseball bats. B. Many tours end with a questionand-answer period. People will shop at the factory gift shop. Leon will open the window a little wider. 36 C. and chocolate bars. B.Making Predictions 8 Practice Page 2 Name Date Read each paragraph. C. He often opens the window in the warm weather. For example. Other popular factories with tours are places that make teddy bears. Factory Visits M any people like to see how things are made. Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. sleeps. Scholastic Teaching Resources .

The balloon will change color. a gust of air swept down the B. The Wind K areem could hear the telephone ring as he got off the elevator. The wind will blow the telephone off the wall. Gases are in the air. Put a balloon over the top of an C. While Kareem was talking. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? a gas inside a container warms A. the gas takes up more room. up. Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. He opened the door 2. empty plastic bottle. C. hallway of the building. In his hurry he left the apartment door open. B. Heat and Size S ome things get larger as they are heated. Gases move around and have no shape of their own. The balloon will fall off the bottle. Scholastic Teaching Resources 37 . When 1.Making Predictions 9 Practice Page 2 Name Date Read each paragraph. Place the bottle in a bowl of hot water. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. The wind will blow the apartment door shut. Most of the time you can’t see them. The wind will blow leaves into the apartment. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. and dashed for the phone. The balloon will get bigger. Gases are a good example.

S. People will give up looking in mirrors. The actors will sit in the audience. The curtain went B. The audience will clap for the actors.Making Predictions Name 0 Practice Page 3 Date Read each paragraph. Scholastic Teaching Resources . A huge mirror in France collects B.000 mirrors A. to melt metal. play was over. It was a good ending. enough heat from the sun C. The audience will act in the play. At the End T he play was in its last act. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? their final lines. and the actors came C. out to take a bow. The actors said 2. In the 1870s the U. Then the A. down. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? uses almost 2. Today California 1. Army sent messages by flashing mirrors. 38 Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. People began looking at themselves in mirrors in ancient Egypt. to make electricity. Mirrors P eople keep finding new uses for mirrors. Only magicians will continue to use mirrors. Mirrors will be used in more new ways.

The boys will listen to their sister. Izzy will probably knock something over. At dinner tonight Ozzie starts making faces at Izzy. Sometimes the birds cause 1. The magpies often swoop down on people who get too close to their nests. to stop. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Ozzie will tell Izzy to act his age. The magpies will swoop down on the signs. harm. Izzy stands up and leans over his food B. Scholastic Teaching Resources 39 . C. But the boys think it is funny. people know what to B. Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. C. People will laugh at the warning signs. People will cover their heads and run. Ozzie. Izzy and Ozzie I zzy is always fooling around with his older brother.” As a result. In Australia these birds are a problem. do when they see a magpie.Making Predictions 1 Practice Page 3 Name Date Read each paragraph. Magpie Problems M agpies are large black-and white-birds. In many places warning signs are posted. to make faces at his brother. These signs say “Beware of Swooping Magpies. Their sister is always telling them 2. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question.

As warm summer months approach. People will start painting their houses brown. So Doris practices all the time. Doris will try out for the team.Making Predictions 2 Practice Page 3 Name Date Read each paragraph. Scholastic Teaching Resources . Light colors reflect the sun’s heat B. Next week the coach is C. She 2. and her brother at home. her uncle. 40 Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. them cooler. B. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. Heat and Color D ark things absorb or take in heat more than others. Which sentence tells what why dark clothes seem hotter in the most likely happens next? A. Doris will ask her brother to try out. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? plays with friends. sun. holding tryouts. many people change the clothes in their closets. People will start wearing dark-colored clothes. People will start wearing light-colored clothes. But she wants to play on the school basketball team. Doris will decide to stay home. Doris Practices D oris is a little short for her age. Dark shiny cars feel hotter too. In hot countries people often paint their homes white to keep C. That is 1. away. A.

Making Predictions 3 Practice Page 3 Name Date Read each paragraph. paper money is made with cotton. Irv will hide from his friends. so it is very strong. Ooops! Irv just tripped and fell 2. B. U. Irv will give up and go home. B. trying to make fake fireplace logs. Another company is 1. Meet Irv I rv enjoys trying new things. C. In recent years old bills are being recycled. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Shredded bills will be recycled in more ways. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. Irv will get up and try again. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. C. One company now makes roof tiles from shredded bills. It was a huge job. Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. on his face. Paper money will no longer be replaced.S. Old Money W hat happens to dollar bills when they get old and need replacing? For many years worn out bills were shredded and dumped into the ground. He likes knowing how to do the latest dances. Scholastic Teaching Resources 41 . He is always willing to taste new foods. Today Irv is trying to learn how to rollerblade. It doesn’t bother him when his friends laugh at his wobbly steps. People will start spending shredded money.

Catalog Houses I n the early 1900s many people bought their houses from a catalog. They chose the model they wanted and filled out an order form. Scholastic Teaching Resources . She holds her hand and makes sure Carol gets to the kindergarten room safely. It took about two months. together. A truck took the parts from the railroad station to the building site. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. B. Gail will take Carol home to get the panda. B.Making Predictions 4 Practice Page 3 Name Date Read each paragraph. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. C. Today Carol is crying. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. C. Gail will send Carol home to get the panda. The Forgotten Panda E ach morning Gail walks her little sister to school. 42 Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. The company will buy the house. Then the catalog company sent the house parts by train. Gail 2. can’t get her sister to stop crying. The new owners will move in. The new owners will sell the house. She is upset because she forgot her panda for show-and-tell. The company also sent carpenters and other workers to put the house 1. Gail will leave Carol on the sidewalk crying.

up a traffic light. B. B. The quilt will be given to the family at the party. The place where Reed Street crossed Broad Street was becoming dangerous. More people will begin riding bikes. C. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Then fill in the bubble that best answers each question. Some parts of the town had growing pains. The quilt was a way for the pioneers to remember their friends. As more cars used these roads. Scholastic Teaching Resources 43 . So the town decided to put 2. Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. there were more accidents. C. The number of accidents will go down.Making Predictions 5 Practice Page 3 Name Date Read each paragraph. Before the party people would get together and plan a special quilt. The quilt-makers will decide to sell the quilt. Sometimes their friends gave them a good-bye party. Growing Pains T he town of Woodlands was growing. This was called an album quilt. Album Quilts L ong ago many pioneer families moved west. The number of accidents will increase. A different friend made each block of the quilt. The family will trade the quilt for other supplies. 1. Each block was signed by its maker.

What do you think the White House will get next? Study the pictures. An indoor swimming pool was added in 1942. president lives. The White House got its first telephone in 1879. Make a prediction. New Things T he White House is where the U.Making Predictions Assessment 1 Name Date Read the paragraph. 1. What will happen to the girl’s drawing when the rain stops? 3. 2. Then answer the questions. It got electric lights in 1891.S. After that came other new inventions such as computers and cell phones. Why do you think so? 44 Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. Scholastic Teaching Resources . Life in this building has changed over time. The White House got its first fire alarm in 1965. Then answer the question.

They turn into bits of ice. Make a prediction. And they can do a lot of damage! When farmers see hailstones. Hailstones can get as big as tennis balls. Why do you think so? Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. Watch Out for Hailstones S ometimes raindrops turn into hailstones. Scholastic Teaching Resources 45 . Then answer the question. Then answer the questions. 1. they know trouble is right behind. This usually happens in the summer. What will the boy do when the bus arrives? 3. the bigger the layers of ice get. The raindrops get whipped around in cold clouds. The more the icy rain is tossed around.Making Predictions Assessment 2 Name Date Read the paragraph. What do you think will happen to the farmers’ crops? Study the pictures. 2.

What do you think will happen when people go indoors? Study the pictures. So the city started adding a green tint to the sand to show that it was there. Why do you think so? 46 Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. A Colorful Story P eople in a big city complained that their streets weren’t being sanded in snowstorms. Then answer the question. The streets looked like rainbows when it snowed. Scholastic Teaching Resources .Making Predictions Assessment 3 Name Date Read the paragraph. Building owners also began using colored tints to melt snow and ice on their sidewalks. What will the dog do next? 3. Then answer the questions. 1. 2. Make a prediction. But not everyone was happy to get colored sand on their feet.

Scholastic Teaching Resources 47 .Making Predictions Student Record Sheet Name Date Practice Page # ____ Date Number Correct Comments Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech.

B 2. A Page 44: 1. C 2. B 2. B Page 21: 1. 3. A Page 26: 1. C 2. A 2. B 2. He might look for the same author. B 2. C 2. B Page 42: 1. C 2. A Page 33: 1. A Page 20: 1. A 2. A 2. B Page 38: 1. He liked it a lot. C Page 19: 1. Page 46: 1. C Page 23: 1. Page 22: 1. He had just a read a book by this author that he liked. C Page 32: 1.Making Predictions Answers Page 5: 1. B 2. 2. A Page 41: 1. B 2. 4. A 2. B Page 18: 1. B 2. 2. A Page 39: 1. A 2. C Page 16: 1. B Page 28: 1. Answers will vary. He thought the author did a great job. C 2. C 2. Possible answers: The crops will be ruined. B 2. Page 45: 1. He will get on the bus. He has been waiting for the bus. A 2. B Page 43: 1. 48 Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Predicting © Linda Ward Beech. A Page 29: 1. A 2. 3. B 2. A 8. A Page 15: 1. He was sorry it ended. B Page 12: 1. B Page 31: 1. B Page 10: 1. C 2. C 2. Page 8: 1. B 2. A 5. Possible answers: The White House will keep getting new inventions. He will probably bark. Scholastic Teaching Resources . 3. B Page 9: 1. 6. C 3. C 2. B 2. B Page 34: 1. B 2. A Page 24: 1. B 4. C 2. 5. C Page 25: 1. C Page 11: 1. It will fade away. Possible answers: They will get colored sand on floors and rugs. C Page 37: 1. A Page 13: 1. A 2. A 2. C 2. 2. C Page 27: 1. A 2. He can’t climb the tree to get the cat. A 2. B 2. B Page 17: 1. The rain will wash it away. B 7. C 6. C Page 35: 1. B Page 40: 1. C 2. C 2. C Page 36: 1. 3. B Page 14: 1. A Page 30: 1.