Third and Fourth Grade
Students are still learning to use predictions as they read. Here are some predicting question stems that will help as your child makes predictions at home.
1 I think this will be about _____ because . . . 2 I think _____ is going to happen next because… 3 I predict that . . . because . . . 4 _____ makes me think that _____ will happen. 5 I’m guessing this will be about __________ because . . . 6 Since _____ happened, I think _____ will happen. 7 My predictions were right/wrong because . . .
Students are still learning how to use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. Here are some clues that will help students.
- Look at the word parts. Is there a helpful prefix, suffix, or root that might help determine the meaning? His misbehavior caused him to lose recess. “Mis-” is a prefix meaning wrong. He lost recess. So misbehavior must mean a wrong behavior or action.
- Look for a definition or meaning clue. The marsh, or swamp, was a wet and muggy place. The meaning is sometimes given beside the word. So a marsh must be a swamp.
- Look for an example or explanation clue. The device, such as an iPod or phone, can be very expensive. So a device must mean a gadget or something made for a particular purpose.
- Look for a synonym clue. The black clouds and loud thunder looked ominous and we felt threatened and ran quickly into the basement. They felt threatened so ominous must mean threatening.
- Look for an antonym clue. She knew the cup wasn’t fragile when she felt its sturdy handle and thick sides. The cup had a sturdy handle and it wasn’t fragile so fragile must mean the opposite of sturdy. Fragile means easily broken or delicate.