Visualizing is Fun


Reading to Learn

Ashley Rials

<>Rationale:  Comprehension is the major goal of reading. In order for students to comprehend what they are reading, they must be able to visualize the text in their minds as they read. During this lesson, the students will practice constructing mental images from their reading.


<>Class set of Frindle by Andrew Clements
<>Paper (Journal)


1.  To begin the lesson, review with students the concept of silent reading.  Explain:  Today we will be reading silently.  Can someone remind us what it means to read silently?  Yes! That is correct.  Silent reading involves reading the words without saying them out loud.  When we read silently can anyone hear us?  No, because we say the words in our head.  How many of you like to read silently?  Well when you are reading silently are you able to picture the characters and their actions in the story?  If you can’t that’s okay because we are going to practice reading silently today so that we can better comprehend stories.

2.  When we are reading a book it is very important to visualize or picture the events that are taking place.  It is easy to see what is happening when a story includes pictures but you will find that many books do not have pictures so we have to create our own.  This is why we need to practice making mental pictures as we read.  Let’s practice.  Are you ready?  I want you to close your eyes and visualize what I am about to read to you.  (Teacher will read the first couple of pages of Frindle.)  Keep your eyes closed and think about what you just read to yourself.  (Give students a minute to think about and visualize the text.)  Okay, can anyone share with us what you saw as the story was being read to you?  (Allow students a few minutes to share.)

3.  Now I am going to read the next page of our book.  This time I want you to keep your eyes open.  Listen carefully.  Now who would like to share what you visualized?

4.  Remember, we talked about how we sometimes have to read stories that have few or no pictures.  We practiced visualizing the story because it will help us to understand the story as well as remember the story.  So, whenever you read a story you should visualize the characters and events that are taking place.

5.  We will now read independently from our story.  We will be reading this story silently so remember to make visualizations.

6.  Now we will finish reading the first chapter.  After completing the first chapter, have students pair up with a partner to discuss the events of the story. 


Have students read the next chapter and create an illustration that depicts the chapter. Students may draw several scenes or choose their favorite.  Students will also write why they think that scene is important.  (Teacher can use illustrations to check students’ comprehension.)


McClellan, Jennifer.  “What Do You See?”

Andrew Clements. (1996). Frindle. Scholastic, Inc.

Lindsey Mizzell

Shhh! I’m Reading

Lesson adapted by Ashley Rials

Written by Lindsey Mizzell

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