One of the most
important goals for reading
is comprehension. To comprehend a story thoroughly children must learn
visualize. Visualization makes the story come alive in your mind and
reader makes sense of story events and remember them better. As
older and become better readers the texts become longer and have fewer
illustrations. During this lesson the children will learn to create
illustration inside their heads.
- Copies of “Thanksgiving Day Parade” by
- Large white paper
- Copies of Thank you Sarah: The woman who
saved Thanksgiving By: Halse Anderson
- “I want everyone to be very quiet, and
close your eyes.” “Be very still, I don’t want to see anyone’s eyes
open, ssssssssshhhhhhhhhh.” “If you want to put you’re your head down
you can.” “Okay now that everyone is quiet and relaxed I want everyone
to think about their favorite place.” “Is everyone thinking of their
favorite place? Keep your eyes closed; now I want you to picture it in
your mind. Can everyone see their favorite place? Now I want you to
think about the weather, is it hot or cold? Now think about how it
smells, take a deep breath. Now picture yourself, what do you like
doing at your favorite place? Imagine yourself doing it. Who is with
you at your favorite place, is it your mom, dad, a friend, or are you
all by yourself? Okay now I want you to open your eyes.” Wasn’t that
fun to close your eyes and pretend you were at your favorite place?
What we just did together is called visualization, Visualization is the
pictures we saw in our heads, and it is very important when you read.
- Then I will model closing my eyes and
sharing what I see when I think about my favorite place. “When I think
of my favorite place(with my eyes closed) I think of the beach, the
warm air blowing in my face, I can smell the salty air. I am walking on
the white soft sand and I can see the beautiful sunset over the water.
I can hear the waves splashing against the beach and I can feel the
warm water against my feet.” I will ask for volunteers to share about
their favorite place and what they “visualized”.
- “Now that you are getting older and
becoming better readers you have started to read longer books with more
words and less pictures. Just because a book doesn’t have a lot of
pictures doesn’t mean it isn’t a good book it just means that’s it’s up
to us as the readers to visualize as we read.”
- I will hand out a copy of the poem to
each child. “Now I am going to read this poem, ‘Thanksgiving Day
Parade’ by: Jack Prelutsky. As I read the poem I want you to close your
eyes and use your visualization skills to imagine what is happening in
the poem. After reading the poem I will ask students to share what they
saw, heard, and smelt as I read the poem.
Day is here today,
the great parade is under way,
and though it’s drizzling quite a bit,
I’m sure that I’ll see all of it.
balloons are floating by,
cartoon creatures stories high,
Mickey Mouse and Mother Goose,
Snoopy and a mammoth moose.
Dumpty, Smokey Bear
hover in the autumn air,
through the windy skies they sway,
I hope that they don’t blow away.
comes Santa, shaking hands
as he waddles by the stands.
It’s so much fun, I don’t complain
when now it really starts to rain.
bands are marching, here
pipers pipe and drummers drum,
hear the tubas and the flutes,
see the clowns in silly suits.
pouring now, but not on me,
I’m just as dry as I can be,
I watch and watch, but don’t get wet,
I’m watching on our TV set.
- Then I will divide the class into five
groups and pass out the book, Thank you Sarah: The woman who saved
Thanksgiving By: Halse Anderson, one to each group. The book is 40
pages and I will have divided the book into five sections, and allow
each group to read 8 pages. Maybe have each member read 2 pages. After
the group is finished reading their section they will illustrate it on
the paper that I provided. After each group is finished I will ask the
groups to come up to the front of the class (In book order) to share
their illustration and explain their section.
- For assessment I will ask each child to
create a poem book. They will be required to select 5 poems and
illustrate them in a book form. They can pick one poem and
illustration to share with the class. When grading them I will
simply make sure that their picture relates in some way to teh poem and
that they really put some thought and effort into the project.
you see it? By Laura Meadors http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/inroads/meadorsrl.html
- Anderson,Halse. Thank you
Sarah: The woman who saved Thanksgiving. Simon &
Schuster Children’s Publishing; 1st edition, 2002.
Thanksgiving Day Parade” By: Jack Prelutsky