Can You See What I See?
Rationale: To become expert readers, children need learn an important skill to comprehend what they are reading. Visualization is one way readers can build comprehension. This is important for students so they can have “a movie” of what’s going on throughout their reading. When readers can actively engage themselves in the story, they are able to grasp the meaning of the text. This lesson will help students learn to visualize by creating mental pictures in their mind. Students will listen and read to practice this.
Class Copies of Shel Silverstein’s Cloony Clown poem
A Box Can be Many Things by Dana Rau Class Copies
Drawing paper and crayons
1. “Today we are going to do something called visualize. Does anyone know what this means?” Allow for student’s answers. “Well, this means to read and see a picture or movie in our mind. I am going to say a sentence and I want you to close your eyes. Once I am done reading, I want you tell me what you see.”
I was awoken to the smell of hickory bacon and sweet cinnamon rolls. I knew that there would be fresh squeezed orange juice, and gravy for our biscuits.
“What did you see from this sentence I said?” Discussion. “That’s right; you may have seen your mom cooking a big breakfast with delicious bacon, and orange juice. What you just did was visualize.”
2. “When we read to ourselves, what do we call this?” Silent reading. “That’s right, silent reading. We do this so we can read as much as we want, quietly so we don’t bother anyone else.” We are going to silent read a poem by Shel Silverstein.
3. Have students silent read the poem “Cloony the Clown.” Allow time for students to read the poem. “When I read this poem I saw a clown that was unfunny, but he was sad. I got this from the poem because it said that he was floppy and sloppy, and unfunny and made everyone cry.” Show a picture of what you drew previously, have students share what they pictured.
4. Give students a copy of A Box Can be Many Things. “This book is about a little boy who finds a box his mom has thrown out. The boy makes the box many things, let’s read to find out all the exciting things he discovers.” Have students read the book silently, or back and forth with a partner. Once the students read through the book, have them draw a picture of what they just read. Let students share their drawings.
Have students come to the front of the class and explain their drawings. Assess students with a checklist.
Students accurately depicted the story using pictures.
Students accurately retold the story.
“Can You See It?” Abby Smith. Perspectives. http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/persp/smitharl.html
Shel Silverstein Cloony Clown poem
A Box Can be Many Things
by Dana Rau
illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye
Series: Rookie Reader ? Level B