How Does a Pumpkin Grow?
Reading to Learn: Lesson for Teaching Visualization
Katy McCay

Visual Memory is a tool which must be taught. It facilitates children’s learning of text. It allows children to detect inconsistencies in a text. This tool will allow children to use prior information to judge new information they read.

• Article: How to Grow Pumpkins by: George Levenson
• Pumpkin photographs
• Teacher prepared inconsistencies assessment
• PowerPoint presentation (Click here for presentation)


• Use the PowerPoint presentation to start the lesson. Pass out the article and let the children go to somewhere comfortable.

• Have children read article (do not ask children to visualize while reading).

• Look back through the article as a class and have children relate the pictures to the article. Click on the next PowerPoint slide. Model how you visualized using the first slide. “I see this picture of the seed and then I went back to the article and found where it talked about the seeds of the pumpkin. I related the information from the article to the picture and thought about how the seed is how the pumpkin first starts to grow.” With the following pictures three pictures (vine, flower, and green pumpkin) let the class work in groups to relate specific information to the pictures. Click to the next slide. On the final picture let the children work independently to link information to the picture.

• Click to the next slide for the assessment. Have the children read through the paragraph and then rewrite it so the proper life cycle of the pumpkin is chronicled.


Olson, Bob and Gayle. Science for Families.
Accessed on November 21, 2002.

George Levenson. “How to Grow Pumpkins.” . November 21, 2002

Presley, Michael; Johnson, Carla; Symons, Sonya; McGoldrick, Jacqueline;
Kurita, Janice. “Strategies that Improve Memory and Comprehension.” The Elementary School Journal. 1989

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