Predicting Outcomes in a Fictional Text

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10206

No one can predict the future with 100% accuracy, but it is possible to make educated guesses given enough facts and observations. Using videos and a cool experiment, learn how to predict in a story!



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

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Looking at the picture above, what do you think is going to happen next?

  • Do you think he is going to get tackled?
  • Do you think he is going to run the ball in for a touchdown?

From the picture, we can see what is happening in the present, but we are not positive about what will happen in the future. Learn to predict the outcome of a story!

Guessing about what is going to happen in the future is called predicting.

A good reader will pause while reading to predict what outcomes might happen in the story. Predicting helps the reader become more engaged and better comprehend the story being told.

To make a good prediction, a reader looks for clues in the passage, in the title, and in the pictures. This Reading Strategy: Prediction video, by Vanessa & Ashleigh, will show you how to predict throughout a text. While you are watching the video, take notes on the steps they give you:


After thinking about what you've learned, continue on to the Got It? section for some fun practice!

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