Making Predictions with Enemy Pie

Surprise!  It's a snow day here in Virginia.  Did Old Man Winter forget it's March??  I don't know about you, but this cartoon pretty much sums up the thoughts here in Virginia, and I know my friends up north are feeling this way too!  I think we're ready for the warming up of spring, the blooming of flowers, and green grass.  I guess the Groundhog was right with his predictions.  Speaking of predictions...that's the theme of today's Mentor Monday linky with my buddy Emily over at The Reading Tutor/OG.  This is a perfect theme for her too as she's getting ready to meet baby #3 tomorrow. I am thinking pink thoughts all the way.

For today's linky, I chose the book, Enemy Pie by Derek Munson.

Here's what Amazon has as a description for it. 
It was the perfect summer. That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became neighborhood enemy number one. Luckily Dad had a surefire way to get rid of enemies: Enemy Pie. But part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day playing with the enemy!
 In this funny yet endearing story, one little boy learns an effective recipes for turning your best enemy into your best friend. Accompanied by charming illustrations, Enemy Pie serves up a sweet lesson in the difficulties and ultimate rewards of making new friends.
To improve modeling with the book, teachers might want to use this cute Youtube video of the book. It uses closed captioning which I think is great for helping students with fluency.  The students see how the words are grouped for phrasing.  Plus, the teacher can control how much of the book is seen at a time and therefore, pause for questioning and think aloud.

I like the idea of using videos of the books are for modeling the idea that we predict and confirm predictions throughout our reading versus only before reading since the full book is projected. To demonstrate predicting with my students, I often use the Directed Reading Thinking Activity method. Students are allowed to only look at predetermined sections of the book, and these predictions are checked as the book is read.  This simple foldable has worked well with DRTA.  I have my students put the Title, Author, and a picture on the front (mainly because they enjoy it) and use the back of the foldable for beginning, middle, end or a summary.

I hope you'll give Enemy Pie a try, and hmmm...let me predict what's in store tomorrow.  I think baby *girl* will arrive safe and sound and that we will have another snow day.  Tune in tomorrow to see if I was right, and to hear who the winner of the $100 gift certificate will be.  Today, I congratulate Stacy B on winning my raffle for the Strega Nona bundle.  

Have a happy day readers, and for more great books for making predictions, please visit The Reading Tutor/OG {here}.  Until next time, happy reading!


  1. I love this book! And, what a great idea to show and pause the video. I like your easy, simple, but productive foldable as well. Thanks!

    Teaching Momster

    1. Oh it's called...made at home without students to! LOL! I'm glad you like the video clip. I've been amazed at the neat things I've found recently on Youtube.

  2. Carla, you've been a busy blogger today-two posts!?! You must have had a snow day. ;)
    I love the book, Enemy Pie...what a great choice for making predictions!

    1. Yes indeedy! I know that's not a word, but it worked in the moment! I hope you linked up too, Wendy. Need to head your way to see what's new. We have a 2 hour delay tomorrow, so I'm really trying to get plans done...kind of, sort of. :-)

  3. Carla, I love the idea of the closed captioning on the video and being able to pause and discuss. You shared some super tips for this strategy! Hope it warms up for you soon.
    Burke's Special Kids

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet note Sebrina, and I'm glad these ideas are helpful. Tomorrow...2 hour delay. I think after that it's looking up.

  4. I love this story and your ideas! Thanks for sharing! I love finding other Virginia Bloggers! I hope you enjoyed your snow day... I am def trying to enjoy mine!

    Tales from a Naturalista Teacha

    1. Karmen...welcome to my blog! I love to do the same. I'll drop by right now! Glad you liked my post. I'll have to check out where you are. I'm in Lynchburg.


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