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Judge a Book By Its Cover: Predict & Read

We've all heard "Never judge a book by its cover" but that's exactly what this activity is going to ask children to do.
on March 06, 2014

We've all heard "Never judge a book by its cover" but that's exactly what this activity is going to ask children to do. It's not all it will ask, though. Hook them with a little guess work, and then get them to read the book to see if their predictions are right.

Making predictions about a book isn't about testing children's ability to make educated guesses. It's about getting them invested in the reading experience. When they take the time to use the information they have from the cover art and title – added to their prior knowledge about the author or series – they have taken the first step to dive into the book.  Using this printable will let your child record those predictions and refer back to them after starting the book. This is great for books that take longer than one sitting to read.

The next step is to read and confirm or correct those predictions. Discuss the plot and model how to summarize.

The final step is for your child to summarize what the book was really about. If your child is writing independently, let him or her write a brief summary of the book. If not, have your child dictate the summary to you and draw a picture on the back of the printable.

When children take time to predict, discuss, summarize, and even draw pictures about what they've read, it builds their comprehension skills. A printable like this just adds a little novelty to help make skill building more fun.

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