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Making Predictions Worksheets

Making predictions is a basic reading skill that requires higher level thinking. To make a good prediction, readers must consider available information and make an inference. Good readers make predictions based on textual evidence. If you use evidence to support your predication, you can justify it whether you are right or wrong.

I designed these worksheets to give students intensive practice with making and supporting predictions. In each worksheet students read a variety of short texts. Each passage ends abruptly and then students must predict what will occur next based on evidence from the text. Students must support their answers by referencing the text, which brings out those higher order, critical thinking skills. I’ve also included a PowerPoint lesson on making predictions. I hope that these worksheets and activities will help students master the art of making predictions.



Making Predictions Worksheet 1
Looking for worksheets on making predictions? Here's one with ten practice problems. Students read short passages, determine what will happen next, and support their predictions with evidence. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8.
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Making Predictions Worksheet 2
Here is another worksheet on making predictions. This one has five reading passages and ten questions. Students read the passages, predict what will happen next, and support their predictions with textual evidence. What more could you ask for in a prediction worksheet? Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3-7.
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Making Predictions Worksheet 3
Looking to give your student more practice with making predictions in stories? Here's another double-sided prediction worksheet! Students read the passages, predict what will occur next, support their answers with text. This is great practice. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3-7.
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Making Predictions Worksheet 4
Are you still looking for more practice with making predictions? Here is yet another predictions worksheet. It has ten more problems. Students read the passages, predict what will happen next, and support their predictions with text. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3-7.
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Common Core State Standards Related to Inferences / Predictions

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 – Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

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Reading: Literacy Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1 -Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1 -Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1 -Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1 -Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1 -Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1 -Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.1 – Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

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27 Comments

  1. Miri

     /  April 13, 2020

    Nowadays when we are all looking for sources and creative ideas for teaching, your site is a blessing. Thank you so much. It is not taken for granted. You work very hard and share, for free your labor.
    Miri, an English teacher in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

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  2. Stacey E Jones

     /  October 11, 2019

    Hello! Thanks so much for this information! I really appreciate it and I will definitely use it to teach my students. God bless!

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  3. Lu, Shuh-hsin

     /  August 3, 2019

    Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve got a general idea about how to use and teach prediction.

    by Lu, Shuh-hsin

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  4. Kelly Altman

     /  April 17, 2019

    On the worksheet for Making Predictions 1 there is a typo for #1- It should say Vince “hopped” not hoped.
    Just FYI

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  5. Jeanalyng arellano

     /  February 18, 2019

    Thankyou so much . Now i’ve got an idea on how to teach making predictions

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  6. xoxoxoxoxo

     /  January 24, 2019

    A wonderful website.It helped my kids passing their exams

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  7. Alex

     /  January 7, 2019

    Seriously, there are a lot of grammar errors in your materials. I can’t use your worksheets.

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  8. MIA SE SEGOVIA

     /  November 7, 2018

    I am very thankful today if you can help me with my research work.

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  9. Sonya Kageni

     /  September 3, 2017

    I was so amazed with this site when I was teaching in the city. The activity was just perfect for my students but the passage were too long for my other group of students who weren’t first English speakers. It would be nice to find simple text activities that are appropriate for that group of students.

    Thank you
    Sonya

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  10. Michael Holson

     /  March 6, 2017

    I am a GED/Hi-Set Instructor. This site has helped me pass a lot of my students. Thank you for you great work!

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  11. daisy

     /  February 18, 2017

    just got across with these worksheets..thank you! a great help indeed!

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  12. blossom

     /  January 23, 2017

    Amazing worksheets, very useful

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  13. Roberta Carver

     /  December 4, 2016

    It has to be something with my computer; I am going to contact tech support tonight. Thanks so much for your help!

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  14. dawnf

     /  October 29, 2016

    I am amazed at the plethora of awesome materials you provide! As a middle school ELA and reading teacher, I am so very indebted to you for providing these wonderful resources. This quality of materials is rare to find, ESPECIALLY for reading!! On top of that, you share them for free! WOW! I often use them as warm ups so that we can have instant feedback and quality discussion of each passage. It is a great way to begin class, with the students becoming familiar with one concept every week or two and growing stronger and more confident in that concept throughout the week, thus giving them a chance to start class each day with a success. Thank you so VERY much for this resource!!! PS I have not noticed a “number of errors,” but if I did, I would simply upload as a Word doc and fix them myself.

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  15. Lisa

     /  October 26, 2016

    My question is, in the mind of the student is there a right or wrong answer?

    As an example with Mr. Fox and Mr. RAbbit. Its obvious as an adult, one may get shot. I however do not want to take that route with my son. In his perception can they both have gotten scared and run off?
    That also can be supported.

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  16. Di R

     /  October 21, 2016

    I have found your worksheets particularly helpful. Thank you very much!

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  17. Anastacia Miller

     /  March 21, 2016

    Thank you!! I love your work! I use these in my classroom and they help my students a lot. Finding quality resources can be a hassle, but you’ve made yours free for all to use. THANKS!!

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  18. ralph

     /  February 21, 2016

    what is predict outcomes based on the selection and 5 question answers

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  19. Furukawa Mikan

     /  January 31, 2016

    Thank you very much for making this. It is really helpful. I hope that you’ll make more than what you’ve did already. God bless!

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  20. Michael

     /  January 23, 2016

    All your worksheets have been very gratefully received. Thank you so much for your hard work and making them freely available.

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  21. Cathy W

     /  July 30, 2015

    Thanks so much for making these available. I teach Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in Australia, who often have difficulty with predictions and inference. I have battled to find a set suitable for a High School student, rather than the ones I have in abundance for younger students, so these are great! Thanks for saving me so much time.

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  22. Laura D

     /  June 2, 2015

    I am also an SLP who uses your site very frequently. I love it. in reference to your above comment, there is a typo in “Making Predictions Worksheet 1″.
    ” As Vince hoped on his motorcycle”

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  23. Sherry Walker

     /  May 6, 2015

    Hi. I’m a speech and language pathologist at the high school level. Your worksheets look helpful for some of my students with various language goals. However, one thing I’ve noticed as I’ve looked them over is that there are a number of spelling and grammar-type errors. It would be nice if they were proof-read a little closer. Thanks.

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    • Thanks for visiting. I am actually a decent grammarian, but I’m just one man. Please report errors as you see them and I will fix them. Best wishes.

      Reply

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