Saturday, February 11, 2012

Anticipation Guides

Have you ever used anticipation guides in your classroom? I use them sometimes during my reading groups to help students better preview the text.  I like to mix things up a bit during reading groups so we aren't constantly doing the same thing. Mostly because I get incredibly bored. Last week, I introduced the anticipation guide and my students loved them. I made more for our leveled readers this week so my students can use them again.
If you've never heard of an anticipation guide, it mostly gets students to think about what they already know about a topic and anticipate what they will learn. Before reading, the students read a group of statements and write true or false beside each one. As they read, students find if the statements are actually true or false and write it on the after reading side. I've noticed it really helps students slow down and think about what they are reading.

I've uploaded my 3 versions for my next Treasures unit for "Dig, Wait, Listen: A Desert Toad's Tale." They go along with the leveled readers. Feel free to grab a copy by clicking here.

I've recently posted a project on Donor's Choose for a carpet for my classroom. I had posted it when school started and didn't receive any funding for it. I'm just amazed how much a nice carpet costs and the cheapo ones don't last. If you find my freebies useful and you would be willing to help me out, I would appreciate it. You can find a link to my page on the right sidebar of my blog.

Hope you are having a great Saturday! It's finally turned cold today and, of course, I had to put gas in my car. It never fails that it's on an extremely cold day or raining.


  1. You are fabulous! I love the anticipation guide, what a great way to reinforce during reading groups :) I hate when I have to get gas on the coldest day ever, that sucks :( Hope you have a great rest of your weekend though!

    Lisa :)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

  2. LOL It's finally warming up where I live!

    I like to use anticipation guides when I know kids are going to have misconceptions - I use them sometimes at the beginning of a new science or social studies unit, and then they can reflect at the end about how their thinking changes. It works well with Native Americans, especially.

    Buzzing with Ms. B

  3. Have you read Little Devils by Robert Blake? He just visited our school last week and it is a GREAT book about Tasmanian devils. Our kids loved it.

    Thanks for the anticipation guide! I'll be using it, just like I LOVE your morning work!

  4. I too love these. . .What a great idea to use with any book. We have the Treasures books, but we don't use them. We use leveled books from our reading center. But I will have to dig them out to use with this. Thank you for sharing.

  5. I have never heard of these before. What a great idea to start up kiddos schema!

    Chickadee Jubilee

  6. love using anticipation guides - awesome....thank upi - you rock, courtney!

    ♥ Jen
    The Teachers' Cauldron

  7. I used these and my kids did love them! Thank you for making them and inspiring me to do a better job at making them dig for details. I have one correction we found on your Australian Deserts. It's the sentence about the feral animals. In the book it says "called" and you have the word "calling." It might sound better if you corrected it for your next group to use. Thanks again for a brilliant piece of work!


    Second In Line

  8. Have you created the Anticipation Guides for 5.2? Morning Work for 5.2? I love love love all of your stuff!! =)

  9. I used your idea - different content - with my guided reading groups this week. We're reading about penguins and Antarctica. It was funny to see their ideas :) And it was good for them when I had them go back and look for the real answers in the book. Thanks for the idea.


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