Grade Levels: K-3

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP Jr. topic Make Predictions, and supports the standard of predicting the outcome of a story. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Prompt students to reflect on a text they have read. Ask:

  • What do you think is going to happen in a book you’re reading now? Why do you think so? 


  • Play the Make Predictions movie.  
  • Click the pause button each time a question appears in Annie’s Notebook and discuss it as a class. Then play to see how Annie answers it. 

TIP: The pause button turns red to remind you to pause. 

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS

Students take the Easy Quiz or Hard Quiz, demonstrating what they learned about the topic while applying essential literacy skills.


Students express what they learned about making predictions while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student or grade-level needs.

  • Draw About It: Moby is putting on a helmet. Draw a picture of what you think he’ll do next.
  • Activity: Look at pictures and predict what will happen next.  
  • Talk About It:  Make and track predictions about a book you’re reading using clues from the text.
  • Write About It: Write the beginning of a story about a character. Then, write “to be continued.” Have a classmate predict the ending.

More to Explore 

Comprehension Unit: Continue to build understanding around reading and analysis skills by exploring more BrainPOP Jr. topics.

Teacher Support Resources:

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments