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Resources Long ago, when Humans were new in the world, they were happy creatures. They were happiest when the spring breeze combed the new grass, Literary Deviceand when the summer sun sweetened the blueberries on the vine. Literary DeviceThey were happiest when their children played in the haze of autumn.

But when the days grew shorter, and the bitter cold of winter blew from the north, the Humans worried for their families. For Humans did not have fire to warm their hands or to cook their meat. Many men and women, young and old, could not survive the frozen winter. Stop and Think!

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Monty's Thoughts

I thought about how cold it gets in the winter when the ice freezes. I don't see how you could live without fire.



Monty's Response

I predict that the humans will learn a survival skill.

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Hali's Thoughts

I just read another legend called 'How the Leopard Got his Spots.' I know legends often explain how something came to be, and I think this legend is going to explain something about fire.



Hali's Response

I predict that this legend will explain how humans made it through the cold winters.

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Does your prediction connect what you know with information in the text or image?

Did you make an educated guess, not a 'wild' guess?

Do your predictions change as you read more and get more information that doesn't match your earlier prediction?

Did you predict what might happen (a 'crystal ball' kind of prediction) OR what the text or image is preparing you for ('predicting the moves of the text')?

Did you use keywords in the text structure to help yourself make predictions? (Example: If the text contains the words, 'for instance,' you can expect to find examples.)

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Monty's Thoughts

I thought about how cold it gets in the winter when the ice freezes. I don't see how you could live without fire.

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Hali's Thoughts

I just read another legend called 'How the Leopard Got his Spots.' I know legends often explain how something came to be, and I think this legend is going to explain something about fire.

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Pedro's Self Check

Ask yourself these questions to help yourself make a good prediction:

Does your prediction connect what you know with information in the text or image?

Did you make an educated guess, not a 'wild' guess?

Do your predictions change as you read more and get more information that doesn't match your earlier prediction?

Did you predict what might happen (a 'crystal ball' kind of prediction) OR what the text or image is preparing you for ('predicting the moves of the text')?

Did you use keywords in the text structure to help yourself make predictions? (Example: If the text contains the words, 'for instance,' you can expect to find examples.)

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Monty's Thoughts

I enjoy mysteries and use the prediction strategy a lot. Of course, predictions change as you get new information, so sometimes my early predictions turn out to be way off-base!

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Hali's Thoughts

Have you ever read a few pages and not remembered a word of it? If I stop and visualize the scene like a picture in my head, it helps me remember much better.