I Can See Clearly
Reading to Learn
As one is
developing reading comprehension skills, it is
important to continue the development by encouraging one to visualize. Visualization can help a student become
actively involved with the plot of a reading.
a reader begins to visualize the story, he becomes engaged in the story
creating mental images as he grows more and more involved with the
I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric Kimmel (1 Copy
White Paper for Each Student
Crayons and Markers for Each
Procedure: 1. "Can
anyone tell me what it means to visualize?" "You're right, it means we
are creating a picture in our mind of what is going on in the story we
are listening to or reading. I am positive
everyone has visualized something before, even if you did not know that
visualizing is what it is called. Let's
try visualizing for a minute. I am going
to read a few sentences and I want you to close you eyes and visualize
what is going on."
Aloud: "On Christmas morning, I looked out of the window and saw the
snow-covered ground. I ran down the
steps to see what was under our tall, colorful, Christmas tree. I saw presents of all sizes and shapes." Now open your eyes. Who
can tell me what they saw? (Children will
volunteer their answers) Great Job! Nice details!
2. After finishing
the practice activity, administer the book I Took My Frog
to the Library to each child. Give
the students a short book talk before they begin reading.
"This story is about a girl named Bridgett who decides to spend
a day at the library. She decides to take
her different pets to the library. But, we
all know animals are sometimes hard to keep under control.
I wonder what will happen at her adventure in the library. We'll have to read the book to find out. While
you read I want you to think about what pictures you see in your
brain. After you finish the first four pages, you will draw the
picture you see in your brain on paper. Once
you have shown your picture, continue reading. I
would like for you to share with a partner what you've seen in your
brain while reading once you have finished the book."
3. Each student will tell me what they saw while reading. We will discuss while we are using our
visualization skills, we are getting better reading comprehension
skills. We will discuss how it feels as if
we are almost in the story ourselves.
Teacher will asses the students by using a
rubric showing if the student was able to creatively use visualization
the events happening in the story.
Assessments will be made on the student's participation in the
discussion and with partner.
Kimmel, E. I Took
My Frog to the Library. Puffin Books.
New York, New York.
Larson, C. Picture
Mazza, M. Do You
See What I See?
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