Grade 1 English

Grade 1 Reading Enrichment

Making Predictions/ Reading for meaning

Making Predictions Strategy

Making Predictions is a strategy in which readers use information from a text (including titles, headings, pictures, and diagrams) and their own personal experiences to anticipate what they are about to read (or what comes next). A reader involved in making predictions is focused on the text at hand, constantly thinking ahead and also refining, revising, and verifying his or her predictions. This strategy also helps students make connections between their prior knowledge and the text.

Students may initially be more comfortable making predictions about fiction than nonfiction or informational text. This may be due to the fact that fiction is more commonly used in early reading instruction. Students also tend to be more comfortable with the structure of narrative text than they are with the features and structures used in informational text. However, the strategy is important for all types of text.


Clara's First Day of School

Clara's First Day of School

It was the first day of school. Clara was scared about going to a new school. She was afraid that she wouldn't like her new teacher and that she wouldn't make any friends. She got out of bed and got dressed in her new outfit. Clara ate her breakfast quickly and rushed out the door to the bus.

Clara's new school was a loud and busy place. Children were running around the halls, yelling and screaming. The noise made Clara even more worried. Then the bell rang. The halls emptied and she was left standing in the hallway alone.

When she entered her new classroom, all eyes were on her. Clara wanted to run out the door. Then her new teacher came over, smiled, and showed her to her new desk. Clara started to feel a little better.

A boy named George offered to show her where to hang her backpack. He asked Clara if she would like to play with him and his friends at recess. Clara smiled and said yes. Then she went back to her seat and enjoyed story time. Maybe this school wouldn't be so bad after all!


After Clara met her new teacher, she felt __________

  • Afraid
  • Happy
  • Sad

Who is the main character of the story?

  • Clara
  • George
  • The teacher

What did George help Clara to do?

  • Read a story
  • Find her classroom
  • Hang up her backpack

Who showed Clara to her new desk?

  • George
  • Her teacher
  • The principal

Why were the kids yelling and screaming?

  • The was a fire in the school.
  • They didn't like their teachers.
  • They were excited to be at school.

How did Clara get to school?

  • She took the bus.
  • She rode her bike.
  • Her mother drove her.

Why is Clara scared to go to a new school?

  • She's afraid that she will get lost.
  • She worries that she will miss the bus.
  • She fears that she won't make any friends.

Where did Clara go after the bell rang?

  • Outside to the bus
  • Into her new classroom
  • To hang up her backpack

What is the main idea of the story?

  • School is a scary place for all children.
  • Children can sometimes be afraid of new things.
  • It's hard to make friends on the first day of school.