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Predictable Powers

Francie Diaz


We all have the power to predict! Students use a Story Impression Worksheet to record their predictions about a story based on prior knowledge, title, cover, and illustrations and finally confirm or negate predictions.


The student uses prior knowledge, illustrations, and text to make and confirm predictions.


-[Juan Bobo and the Horse of Seven Colors] retold by Jan Mike (or any picture book that correlates with your unit of study)
-Transparency of Story Impression Worksheet with pre-printed clues (words that give hints to the sequence of the story).
-Story Impression Worksheet with pre-printed clues (one for each student)


1. Teacher uses Story Impression Worksheet (see associated file) to create a transparency.
2. Teacher prepares student copy of Story Impression Worksheet by pre-printing words in
the story clues column that give hints of story sequence.
3. Teacher selects 2 books for the students to make predictions about [Juan Bobo and the Horse of Seven Colors] for whole class demonstration - or any picture book that correlates with your unit of study- and another picture book for individual/group practice.)


1. Teacher enters the room in a wizard costume and waves a wand to spread predictable powers among the students.

2. Teacher explains what it is to predict (to guess/foretell based on any given information).

3. Teacher explains that students can predict what a story will be about by looking at the cover, title, and illustrations.

4. Teacher turns on overhead with pre-printed Story Impression Worksheet transparency for whole class demonstration of how to use worksheet with selected picture book.(see associated file)

5. Teacher shows a book as an example for the students to make predictions about.

6. Teacher gives non-examples such as showing a book about horses and then stating that this book is about dolphins.

7. Teacher elicits student’s predictions based on the pre-printed story clues and writes ideas on the transparency (ex: Juan Bobo, horse, wishes, food).

8. Teacher then proceeds to read the story, stopping appropriately where students are to confirm or negate predictions.

9. Teacher should ask probing questions during activity, such as "what gave you that idea?", to get the students to discuss prior knowledge that would have helped them make their predictions.

10. Teacher completes worksheet transparency with student’s input.

11. After completing whole class activity, teacher should distribute individual copies of pre-printed Story Impression Worksheet to be completed with another picture book. Students may work individually, in pairs or in groups.

12. Teacher should allow time for discussion of student’s Story Impression Worksheet.


The assessment will consist of the completion of a Story Impression Worksheet. Student predictions should reflect that the student used prior knowledge, and illustrations to make logical predictions based on their observation of the cover and the use of story clues provided by the teacher. This lesson could be used as an introduction to prediction as a pre-reading strategy.


Students may use the words in the predictive summary column to write their own version of the story. Also, this lesson can be used with any picture book that would support the ongoing subjects that the class may be working on.

Web Links

Web supplement for Predictable Powers
On-line storybooks for children

Attached Files

Story Impression Worksheet.     File Extension: pdf

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