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First Grade Lesson Plans


Lesson Title: Making Predictions with Tops & Bottoms
Created and Submitted by: Celeste Munoa (Librarian) & April Moncivais (Classroom Teacher)
School Name: Zaffirini Elementary
District: United Independent School District
Role: School Librarian
Grade Level: 1st Grade
Lesson Plan Objectives:
At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
Use clues from illustrations and print to make logical predictions.
Make predictions based on events in a story.
Complete a prediction chart graphic organizer and a making predictions handout.
§110.12.b (4) (A) confirm predictions about what will happen next in text by "reading the part that tells."

Other Content Area(s) Addressed:
Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Indicators:
1.1.1 Follow an inquiry-based process in seeking knowledge in curricular subjects, and make the real-world connection for using this process in own life.
1.1.2 Use prior and background knowledge as context for new learning.
1.1.6 Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning.
Classroom Teacher – School Librarian Collaboration:

  • Both educators model making predictions using think-alouds demonstrating the use of the cover of the book and the title to make predictions.
  • Both educators model recording their predictions on the graphic organizer.
  • The librarian will read aloud the story Tops & Bottoms to the class using the predetermined stopping points, while the classroom teacher reads the prediction questions to the students.
  • Both educators will engage in a discussion with the students and write the students’ predictions on the graphic organizer.
  • Both educators will monitor the students’ responses on the graphic organizer and handout.

Measurable Outcome or Final Product: Students will complete a Predictions Chart Graphic Organizer based on a highly predicable picture book and a Making Predictions Handout based on predictable cartoons.
Assessment Tools: Predictions Chart Graphic Organizer and Making Predictions Handout.
Website: www.weather.com
Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens (Harcourt Brace, 1998)

Prediction Questions for Tops & Bottoms

Prediction Chart Graphic Organizer
6.1 Making Predictions Handout (Moreillon, 2013) – Downloadable from:http://tinyurl.com/crcsesl-ala-extras
Estimated Lesson Time: 45 minutes
Instructional Plan Outline:


Implementation Steps


  • The classroom teacher and the librarian design a classroom prediction chart together.
  •  The librarian provides a copy of the story Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens. The librarian places “sticky” notes to identify each stopping point in the story. (Stopping Point 1 on page 5, stopping point 2 on page 13, stopping point 3 on page 20, and stopping point 4 on page 28.)

1. Both educators present a jar of candy and have students predict how many candies are in the jar. The educators reveal the total number of candies in the jar, and discuss each student’s prediction. Educators ask students, “On what information did you make your prediction?”
2. Both educators link to www.weather.com and have the students make predictions about the extended local weather. Educators ask students, “On what information did you make your prediction?”
3. Both educators display and review objectives with the students.
4. Both educators discuss what a prediction is. They will discuss that predictions are not just a guess, but a guess based on information you get.
5. The librarian will introduce the story Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens.
6. Educators will ask the students to make predictions based on the title and cover of the story.
7. Educators will use the Predictions Chart Graphic Organizer to record the students’ predictions.
Guided Practice
10. The librarian will read the story Tops & Bottoms. Both educators monitor and assess the students based on the student predictions.
11. Educators ask, “How many students were correct in their predictions?
12. Students complete the Making Predictions Handout.
13. The educators will evaluate the predictions made by the students on the Predictions Chart Graphic Organizer and the Making Predictions Handout.
14. Students can get into partners and read pre-selected stories and stop and ask, “What will happen next during pre-determined stopping points in the story?”
15. Educators provide items for students to make predictions with such as a mystery box, a wrapped gift, or a treasure chest. Educators make clue cards for each item, have the students go from clue to clue (like a detective), and let the students to cast a vote on their predictions at the end.
Other Highly Predictable Books:
The Mitten by Jan Brett (Putnam, 1989)
Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton Mifflin, 1988)
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff (Harper & Row, 1985)
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto (Putnam, 2002)
The House That Jack Built by Simms Taback (Puffin Books, 2004, c2002)
The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone (Clarion Books, 2006)
Fortunately by Remy Charlip (Four Winds Press, [1980], 1964)


Lesson Plan Resources


6.1 Making Predictions Handout (.doc)

Lesson Plan (.pdf)

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