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Language and Communication activities to develop prediction skills  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Activities to develop skills of predicting from events and situations

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Listening
P-scales/Curriculum level:L1a
TAP skill:Understanding of Language/Comprehension
TAP level:TAP60
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Guess what's going to happen.

Use simple sequence cards.

Present the first picture in the sequence to the child. Describe the situation to the child and ask him/her what they think is going to happen.

Encourage the child to discuss any prediction and discuss any other options that might happen.

Once you have discussed this outcome then show the second picture.

Remember to reinforce during the discussion that there could be lots of different outcomes.

This activity can also be done in small groups, encourage all the children to make attempts to predict possible outcomes.

What would happen if...?

Use situation cards.

Put the cards in a pile.

Get the child to choose a picture and then read out the situation to him/her. Ask the child what would happen in this situation and find several different outcomes.

E.g. What would happen if you were outside and it started to rain?

You could go inside

You could use an umbrella

You could stamp in the puddles

This activity can be done in small groups.

Give all the children an equal opportunity to contribute to the discussion.

Remember to reinforce during the discussion that there could be lots of different possibilities.

Predicting from sentences

Read out a prediction sentence and ask the child to tell you what will happen next. Discuss the situation e.g. "Mark has a spade in his hand and he is going into the garden"

Adult: What is he going to do?"

Child: Dig the garden

Adult: What makes you think he's going to dig the garden?

Child: Because he has a spade

If the child is having difficulties identifying the outcome then use the key word to give a clue e.g. Mark has a spade. What do we do with a spade?

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