Connect: I decided to focus on Predictions with my group of 4th grade intervention students as we were concluding a short novel in our Lit Circle. The premise of the entire novel was the question of whether or not there were occasions in which little white lies MIGHT be appropriate. The majority of the novel focused on the main character's problem of having dropped her grandmother's favorite necklace down the toilet: should she just flush it and never tell, or somehow get it out before anyone would know (quite the problem for a 3rd grader...the story does go a little deeper than this!). Throughout the chapters, the main character is challenged by her twin sister not to tell any lies, which compounds her problem of the necklace. Anyhow, before the conclusion of the story, I asked my students to write their predictions on a graphic organizer, and then justify their prediction by answering "What makes you say that?"