aking redictions trategy esson                          

developed and designed by Susan Moran


Description: This fairy tale and follow-up activity will help teach critical thinking and making predictions skills.

Objectives: Students
  • make predictions about what will happen next as a fairy tale is read aloud.
  • support their predictions with information/facts.
Keywords: critical thinking, predict, prediction, fairy tale Materials Needed
  • a printed copy of the fairy tale "The King's Choice"
  • follow-up activities (provided below) for teaching critical thinking/making predictions


The Swedish fairy tale "The King's Choice", published on the Web site Whootie Owl's Stories to Grow By, is a great  tool for teaching students to make predictions. Make sure you print out a copy of the story to read aloud to your students. Before reading the story, you should  mark the following places in the story where you will want to pause to ask What do you think will happen next? How do you think it will happen? Why did the author choose to tell this right now? What did you find surprising (funny or weird) about this excerpt?  You could have students share their predictions orally. Alternatively you could draw a large chart and record their predictions as they make them. Make sure to put the page number on the sheet.
  • Pause after the opening paragraph, which ends…

    …Any of the councillors could rise to become a fine leader, thought the King, but which one had the necessary inner strength?

…to ask students which of the King's councillors they think might be best suited to take the King's place.

  • Pause after paragraph 7, which ends…

    The wind whirled about, wrapping his woodcutter's garments tightly around him. Meanwhile, the boat nearly tipped over and the voices on board shrieked.

…to ask students to predict what will happen next in the story.

  • Pause after paragraph 18, which ends…

    The King continued, "I will announce my decision at a royal banquet to be held the day after tomorrow."

…to ask students to predict what will happen the next day? Who will show up for the King's royal banquet, since all of the councillors have already committed to being at the woodcutter's feast? Who might be chosen at the royal banquet to take over the King's role?

Have students record the next -- final -- prediction in writing; they should record the reasons behind their predictions, including information from the parts of the story already read that lead them to think that way.

  • Pause after paragraph 27, which reads…

    An hour later, a frazzled Lukas was led before the King's throne.

…to ask students to predict what might happen next in the story.

After sharing the fairy tale "The King's Choice" with students and giving them several opportunities to predict what will happen next, you might use one of the following "making predictions" lesson ideas as a follow-up. Look through the lesson ideas to find one that is appropriate for the grade level you teach


Download blank templates

Anticipation Guide


  • [template 1] Teachers may want to fill in the questions before students read the above story and before handing out the story.                                      
  • Students connect new information to prior knowledge by filling in the chart after reading.
Predicting strategy for helping students . Kyleen Beers.

This strategy is used to improve students' knowledge and understanding of a text. It is an important tool in teaching children to think critically as they analyze text.

Making predictions using supporting evidence from the story.