I had the students write their names on index cards and write a reason why they are predicting that team to win. They didn't think I would make them "work" (by writing a reason for their prediction) when they were graphing. But I have to take every teaching moment I can, don't I??? And besides, they did so good with predicting when I read them The Little Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow (posted a couple days ago).
By the way...aren't the graphics adorable??? I got them from Mrs. Messenger on TPT. Go check out her store...super cute stuff!