The student is expected to make predictions based on observable patterns.
The student knows that information and critical thinking are used in scientific problem solving.
Making Predictions, A Strategy for Reading and Science Learning: Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle (website) - Explains the relationship between predicting in reading and science, and between a predication and a hypothesis.
Playing with Magnets and Learning about the Property of Materials: NSTA Blog (website) - To make a prediction, one must apply prior knowledge while focusing on what he/she thinks will happen next. This brief article presents strategies for helping your students develop the skill of predicting.
Predictable Patterns: Explorit Science Center (website) - Explains how the ability to recognize a pattern can help students to predict what will happen next.
A Matter of Pattern: Science NetLinks (website) - Students create and predict patterns by making paper snowflakes. They learn that patterns may be predicted based on observation.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Science Fair Project Water Experiment: Easy-Science-Fair-Projects (website) - Students observe two cups of water, one with salt and one without. They predict which cup of water will freeze fastest, set the cups in a freezer, and communicate the results.
Floating and Sinking: Kids Science Experiments (website) - Students predict which objects will float or sink in water, test their predictions, record the data, and report the results.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Floating Sponge: Kids Science Experiments (website) - Students predict whether or not a sponge will sink or float in water, and then test their predictions.
Divide students into groups of four and give each group a pre-cut, six-sided snowflake. Instruct groups to cut their snowflakes in half. Collect one half of each of the group’s snowflake and put those halves on a table. Then have each group come to the table and identify the match to its snowflake half.
Wind & Weather. Onish, Liane, ed. (ISBN-13: 978-0590476461)
Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather. Koscielniak, Bruce (ISBN-13: 978-0395883983)
Same Old Horse, Murphy Stuart (ISBN-13: 978-0060557713)
Bow-Wow Orders Lunch. Newgarden, Mark (ISBN-13: 978-0152058296)
Why Do Leaves Change Color? Maestro, Betsy (ISBN-13: 978-0064451260)
Learning About Leaves. Wrazen, Shanna (ISBN-13: 978-0823981021)
No Roses for Harry. Zion, Gene (ISBN-13: 978-0064430111)
Lessons on Predictions for First Grade: eHow (website) - Several ideas for activities aimed to enhance and assess students’ abilities to make predications.
Science Activities in Early Childhood Prepare for a Lifetime of Learning: National Science Teachers Association (website) - Children benefit from exposure to science situations in which they experience the world, describe what they see, collect and record data, ask questions, and make predictions based upon available information. Read more about how to help students become life long questioners.