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Direct students’ attention to the illustration on the book cover. Read the title of the book to students, Frogs in Colors. Lead students to infer what the book will be about using the photograph and the book title. Use the questions and think-aloud models below to help students make a prediction with evidence from the title and illustration. Connect the title of the book to the photograph on the cover.
Make Predictions About the Topic
Use the questions to explore the book title and the photograph. Suggested answers are in the parentheses. If students give short answers, model a complete sentence.
- What do you see?
- a blue frog on a tree, a girl looks surprised to see the blue frog.
- Have students mimic the girl’s expression of surprise
- What is the frog doing?
- standing on the tree, climbing
- What word in the title tells what the book is about?
- frogs, colors
Model Think-Aloud to Describe the Cover Illustrations
The following bullet points are statements for the teacher to model metacognitive thinking. The teacher can model using the academic language sentence frames:
- I see a photograph which makes me think this book tells us information.
- The title says, Frogs in Colors, so I think the book will be about what colors frogs can be.
- I already see a blue frog on the cover.
- I wonder if Kim is surprised to see such a bright blue frog.
- It says the book is written by Kim, a student conservationist. She helps to save animals. Maybe frogs are in danger.
Inference: I can infer that frogs can be colorful, because I see a blue frog.
Academic Language Sentence Frames
Use the sentence frames for students to practice making inferences about the cover. Write the sentence frame on the board for students to see.
Oral Language Level 1:
Have students point to parts of the illustration and make connections between the illustration and the words in the title (point to the frog, point to the word colors, point to the leaves, imitate Kim’s surprised expression).
Oral Language Level 2:
I see _______________, SO, I think ________________.
I predict that __________________.
I think this book will be about ____________. I predict this book will be about _________.
Example: I think the book will be about frogs in many colors.