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Making predictions--have students guess what a prediction is, then show pictures of partial animals and have students make a prediction of what it is, then discuss making predictions with books: the importance of covers, pictures, text, and experience.
I LOVE sticky note games! Make a big chart on newsprint or white board. Put a list of common minerals down the left side, such as quartz, feldspar, etc. Put the properties across the top: color, streak, hardness, etc. Give each team a stack of sticky notes. They have to add a small square of their team color. When their turn, they fill out sticky note and send runner up to post to board. Other teams get to okay or nix with teacher as final judge. Great fun! Teams will have to be careful how they judge so they don't give an answer to another team!