Visualization For Comprehension

By: Mandy Williamson

Reading To Learn


A way for children to learn while reading is to visualize. Students who do not visualize while reading tend not to enjoy the story as much. If students are able to visualize what they are reading, they will comprehend more information. This lesson will help students learn how to visualize while comprehending.

paper, crayons, pencils, evaluation criteria checklist [Deleted trivial and redundant information, used classifications, wrote appropriate topic sentence, etc.] with questions from the story, The Magic School Bus Chapter Book #1: The Truth About Bats.



1.      Have children sit down, close their eyes and imagine their favorite thing to do. Have the children open their eyes and discuss what they imagined.

2.      Next, read chapter one of The Magic School Bus…Say: “Listen carefully to what I read and imagine that you are in the book or Mrs. Frizzle.” After the chapter is read have the children discuss. Ask: “What did you see? [wait for response] What did the place look like? [wait for response] What else did you imagine?” [wait for response].

3.      Say: “What we did before with our eyes closed and what we just did is called visualization and is important when we read books with no pictures.”

4.      Say: “Now I want you to take out your copy of The Magic School Bus… and read the chapter two. While you are reading, visualize what is going on. When you are done, draw a picture of what you visualized and write two sentences telling about your picture. If you were not able to visualize the first time, read the chapter again.”

5.      Let the children show the class their picture and read their summaries. Teacher can evaluate the children using their own checklist.

Deleted trivial and redundant information            yes            no

Used classifications            yes            no

Wrote appropriate topic sentence            yes            no




The Magic School Bus Chapter Book #1: The Truth About Bats. By Joanna Cole, Scholastic Books.

"Use Your Imagination". Reading to Learn Design.: Volandra Holloway. Spring 2004.

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