5 Excellent Anticipation Guide Examples (Various Subjects)

You’re thinking of using anticipation guides in your classroom but would first like to see a few good anticipation guide examples. 

Anticipation guides activate prior knowledge, prompt a purpose for reading, and motivate even the most reluctant readers to participate in literacy discussions.

So it’s understandable why teachers look for anticipation guide examples to help them plan instruction that engages and sparks a love for learning.

This post shares 5 excellent anticipation guide examples from various subjects.

After reviewing these anticipation guide examples, you’ll be able to confidently create your own and use them successfully in your classroom.

Math Anticipation Guide Examples

The following math anticipation guide example focuses on learning about quadrilaterals.

  • First, a grade-appropriate text about quadrilaterals was chosen. A textbook excerpt, read-aloud book, short reading passage, or picture book are all good options to consider when looking for statements to use in anticipation guides. 
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  • You could even create an anticipation guide based on information from a video such as BrainPop
  • Be sure that students have not read the text or have only scanned/skimmed it previously. 
  • After selecting the text, review it and strategically choose ten statements from the selection for use in your anticipation guide. 

Note: Students should not have strong prior knowledge about the selected phrases. Learners should have a broad understanding of the topic but ideally not too much detailed knowledge about the subject. 

  • After typing the phrases on an anticipation guide template (Log into your Google account in order to make a copy of this free template.), distribute an anticipation guide to each student. 
  • You could also project an anticipation guide to use with the whole class or create a reusable anticipation guide anchor chart. 
  • Now students read each statement, marking T (true) or F (false) in the “BEFORE” column indicating their response to the phrase. 

Note: Consider having students use a permanent marker to record their answers as some learners may be tempted to change their answers after reading the text in order to prevent being “wrong”. 

Some students may be anxious about not knowing, but encourage them to predict based on their current knowledge. This entire process gives students a purpose for reading. 

  • After all statements have been answered in the “BEFORE” column, students read the text.
  • They may read independently, in pairs, or as a class. As they read, they’ll discover which phrases are actually true and which are actually false. They’ll mark T (true) or F (false) in the “AFTER” column. 
  • This reading part of the lesson is where the magic happens as students actively read, anticipating if they had the correct response before reading. 
  • As an extension activity, encourage learners to make all the false statements true.

More Anticipation Guide Examples

The other anticipation guide examples within this post follow the same teaching process. 

Below you will find anticipation guide examples for reading (James and the Giant Peach), science (Rocks and Minerals), science (Forces and Motion), and social studies (Branches of Government).

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anticipation guide example rocks and minerals science
science example
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branches of government anticipation guide example
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Now you have a set of anticipation guide examples to reference as you create your own. 

Anticipation guides not only improve reading comprehension but keep students actively engaged in the lesson by providing a real purpose for reading. 

So try these anticipation guide examples, and watch your students’ reading comprehension skyrocket!

If you liked these anticipation guide examples, you might enjoy learning about the Prove It reading strategy