Learning Predictions


Tip: Learning Predictions

How do I do it?
After introducing the learning activity (e.g. a brief summary of the activity, a preview of a book, showing a model or final product etc.), direct students to make predictions about what they will learn either orally and/or in writing.  Record their predictions on the whiteboard or on chart paper. You can require at minimum number of predictions (Say, "At least 3..."). The predictions can be very open-ended or more specific, say, about what language students think they will learn etc. After the activity, mark each prediction that was confirmed with a check mark or an X if it was disconfirmed. 

Variations & Extensions
Students can work in pairs or heterogeneous small groups to discuss their predictions for a minute before reporting out whole class.  Once the learning activity is done, teacher and/or students can explain more specifically what was learned or why the item was not learned or how they could learn this information.

Common Core ELA Language Standard 1
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standard 1
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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February 07, 2013

I wish I had this last year on my trip to Barcelona. Being able to brush up or practice / learn just ouisdte of a real life situation is brilliant.You guys seem to be on a roll, and glad to see the success in mobile.Looking forward to the English-to-Spanish release!Brad

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