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Picture Walk Predictions

Invite your child to make predictions while reading picture books by asking who, what, when, where, why, and how questions.

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Extending this activity

  • -Follow up the picture walk of any book by reading the book while comparing and confirming predictions. Children should be reassured that everyone makes incorrect predictions sometimes. Sometimes the authors like to surprise us!

    -Share "Good Night, Gorilla" by Peggy Rathman with your child. This book has very few words and relies on rich illustrations to communicate meaning. It is perfect for practicing predictions!

Adjust for an older child

Stretch the thinking of older children by asking them to answer more WHY and HOW questions to explain their predictions.

Adjust for a younger child

Younger children can still practice getting lots of rich information from pictures but they may need more prompting. If they struggle to notice important details in the picture, they will benefit from you 'thinking aloud' as you talk about what you observe.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Reading and Understanding Books

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2 thoughts on “Picture Walk Predictions

  1. We enjoyed our five minutes of reading after this video. We put these skills to use as we read our book.

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