Predicting What Will Come Next

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10205

In this lesson, you are introduced to different visual and written content in which you will use clues to predict what will happen next.



learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Lion, Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Have you seen the movie Back to the Future? The original movie was made in 1985, and the creators of the movie predicted what life would be like in the year 2015. Here are some of their predictions: There would be flying cars, lace-tying shoes, hoverboards, and the Cubs would win the World Series. Did all of these predictions come true?

Sadly, those predictions did not come true.

A prediction is an educated guess, and, as in the case of Back to the Future, some predictions are wrong, but some can be true.

When reading, it helps for the reader to try to predict what will happen in a story, based on details in the story. A good reader will look for clues to predict what will happen.

When you are watching this Reading Strategy: Prediction video, follow along to see how the boy uses clues to make prediction about the story he is about to read.


We will now check to see how good your prediction skills are! Grab a piece of paper and a pencil.

Looking at the 3 pictures below, write down what you predict will happen next, and list the evidence that caused you to make that prediction.

1. Half Court Shot

Half Court Shot

2. Dog with Inflatable Pool

Dog With Inflatable Pool

3. New York City

New York City

Make sure you have written down your predictions before continuing this lesson! Later in the lesson, you will watch the corresponding videos to see if you predicted correctly.

To explore more about making predictions, take a look at this Making Predictions PowerPoint presentation (The presentation will auto-download). Read through the presentation and make sure to try out the examples shown.  

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