Mental Pictures!


                                     By: Megan Lowery

Rationale- When children are learning how to read, comprehension is key. Without comprehension, the reader is completely lost. One of the reading strategies is visualization. Visualization allows the reader to see the story in his or her head as they are reading along. This lesson will allow children to develop pictures in their head and make the story come alive!







class set of Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit



1.     Review silent reading. Does everyone remember what silent reading is? Good job! It is when you read to yourself and do not say the words out loud. It is very important that we read silently or we would disturb other people. When you read silently, you develop pictures in your head about the story.

2.     Developing pictures in your head is called visualization. We will be learning about visualization today. Visualization helps you see the story while you are reading. This is especially important with books that do not have pictures.

3.     The teacher will get out a copy of Tuck Everlasting.  Let me show you how to do it. Let me model it for you. The teacher will read the first page aloud to the class. After she will share with the class what she visualized in her head.

4.     The teacher will read the next page and ask the class to close their eyes while she is reading.  She will ask the class to visualize as she reads. Afterwards, she will ask some of the students to share what they saw. She will write their answers on the chalkboard.

5.     I want you each to get with the person across from you and buddy read. I want you two to read the first five pages of the second chapter and visualize as you read. After you are done reading, I want you to share with your partner what pictures popped in your head while reading. Were they the same or different?

6.     Now I want you to head back to your desk and read the rest of the chapter by yourself. Remember to visualize! I will be walking around while you are reading if you have any questions.



Each student will create drawings for the chapter. The teacher will check for accurate portrayal of the chapter. The student will then write an explanation for why they drew the pictures.




Natalie, Babbit. Tuck Everlasting. MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1996.

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