by Michelle Mazza
Rationale: To become an expert reader, one must learn to comprehend the text as they read. Visualization is a very important skill that readers can use to help build comprehension. Being able to visualize the events in a story helps students to better understand the plot of the story. As readers begin picturing the story unfolding in their mind, they become actively engaged in the story. This lesson will help students learn to visualize what they are reading by assisting them in creating mental images of the reading in their minds.
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1 copy for each student)
- Copy of poem for each student
-White paper and crayons for each student
-Assessment checklist for each student
2. Review silent reading- "Who can tell me what silent reading is? Excellent! Silent reading is when we read quietly to ourselves so that we don't disturb others around us. When we read silently, we can see pictures of what is happening in the story in our minds, and that is how you visualize a story.
3. Give each student a copy of What you Don’t Know about Food by Florence Perry Heide. “Now I want you to silently read the poem to yourself.” Allow time for children to read while you also read the poem silently. After students have read poem silently, read it aloud to them while they close their eyes and visualize. "When I read this poem, I saw kept picturing all of the food items being made of the silly things in the poem. Raise your hand and tell me something you visualized." (Allow share time). Hold up a previously drawn picture of what you visualized while reading the poem. "This is my picture of what I visualized in my head." Explain to the class why you drew what you did.
4. Give each student a copy of Number the Stars. “This is a new book we will be reading in class. It is about a girl named Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen. Annemarie and Ellen live in
Have each student come to the front of class and tell about the image they drew. Assess the student’s drawings based on that they depict an event in the story as well as their ability of describing the visualization to the class. Use checklist for assessment:
accurately depicted an event ________
accurately explained an event from the selected
WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT FOOD
Jelly’s made from jellyfish,
Spaghetti’s really worms.
Ice cream’s just some dirty snow
Mixed up with germy germs.
Bread is made of glue and paste.
So are cakes and pies.
Peanut butter’s filled with stuff
Like squashed-up lizard eyes.
And as you eat potato chips,
Remember all the while –
They’re slices of the dried-up brain
Of some old crocodile.
-Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars. 1989.
Smith, Abby. Can You See It?
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