Predict the Outcome
If you have a set of the books, you can have the entire class or a reading group read the book aloud or silently. Before each chapter, discuss together what they think will happen based on the chapter title.
Book Title: Flatfoot Fox and the Case of the Missing Schoolhouse
- What are some ways that a building could be considered missing? A fire or some kind of catastrophe; someone has made a mistake and it is not really gone; it was never there to begin with.
Chapter One: “A New Kind of Mystery"
- What could make this mystery different from the others that Flatfoot Fox has solved?
Chapter Two: “The Schoolhouse Went…Whsssssssh!"
- What does “whsssssssh" mean? What could have happened that made the schoolhouse disappear so quickly?
Chapter Three: “Magicians, Magicians, Everywhere"
- Could magic have made the school disappear?
- Use the character names to who you think the magicians are?
Chapter Four: “The Dee-Double-Dare"
- What does it mean to dare someone? Is it like a challenge or contest?
- Would a “dee-double-dare" be a stronger kind of dare?
Chapter Five: “A Sensible Question"
- Sensible means using good judgment, making sense. Of all of the characters, who do you think will ask a sensible question?
Chapter Six: “How Long is a Little While?"
- Have your parents ever said, “We will do something in a little while."? Sometimes it feels like a long time and sometimes it is a short time. What do you think that Secretary Bird and Flatfoot Fox are waiting for?
When a chapter is completed, briefly discuss whether the predictions came close to what actually happened in the book. When students are predicting outcomes, it gives them a purpose for reading. They want to find out if they have guessed what is going to happen. It may help them focus on the content. This technique should be used in other books such as science, social studies and so forth.