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Predict Learn Conclude | Inquiry Lesson Plan Strategy

Updated: Jun 14


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The What

Predict, Learn, Conclude prompts students to make inferences, test those inferences while gathering information, and construct conclusions. Use for a pre-assessment, as an anticipatory set, or to assess student thinking.


The How

Download the "Predict Learn Conclude" handout to serve as a graphic organizer for students.


1. Prompt students to make predictions about what they expect to find in their research or study of a specific topic.

  • Predictions can be recorded on the board, through a group recorder, or on a handout.

2. Challenge students to investigate the topic using provided materials or a protocol, jotting notes to capture their findings.


3. Invite students to share their findings and draw conclusions with their group or the whole class.

  • Challenge students to use evidence from the investigation to draw conclusions, which can be added to the board or individual handouts.

  • Ask: Which of our predictions were accurate? What surprised you?