Do You See What I See?

Reading to Learn
Allison Sanders


Rationale: It is very important for children to comprehend text as they read so they can eventually become expert readers.  Visualization is a very important tool that readers can use for comprehension.  If students are able to visualize what they are reading then they will be able to understand what is happening in the story.  Visualization can also help readers to become more excited and engaged in the book.  This lesson will help students to visualize what they are reading by creating their own mental images.  We will be practicing visualization today with different readings and strive to be better readers.




Stu’s Tune (class set of decodable books for each student)


“Driving to the Beach” (1 copy of poem per student)


White paper and crayons


Assessment checklist


Procedure: 1. “Good morning boys and girls, today we are going to learn how to visualize to help us with our reading.  Can anyone tell me what visualize means? Very good! Visualize means to see a picture in your head that is not really there.  I bet that everyone of you have visualized something before.  Maybe you visualized being at the beach or playing in the park?  Well how about we practice right now and I want everyone to close your eyes and think about going on a road trip as I tell you what I see.”


“As we started driving down the road, I saw colorful trees and lots of people shopping downtown.  As we continued down the road for awhile, I saw pastures and fields of cows and horses.  It was such a fun road trip and there were many cars as well on the road.”


I will give students time to visualize what they see.  “So now I want you to raise your hands and tell me what else you see on the roads.  Great job and thank you everyone for participating! What you all just did was called visualization.”


2. I will also review silent reading so the students can they relate their visualizations to the text that they are reading.  “By raising your hand, can anyone tell me what silent reading is? Great job! Silent reading is when we read quietly and silently to ourselves so we will not bother our friends and neighbors.  When we read silently to ourselves, we can also visualize pictures from the story.  This is what we call visualizing a story.”


3. Give each student a copy of the poem “Driving to the Beach” by Joanna Cole.  “I want you to now read the poem silently to yourself.”  Give the students time to read the poem.  “Now I am going to read the poem to you and I want you to visualize what you see.  I want you take your crayons and the paper that I gave you and draw exactly what you can visualize.” Read the poem out loud to the students.  “Can anyone tell me what they visualized when they were in the car and then the beach?”  Allow time for sharing so each student can show the class what they drew. 


4. Give each student a copy of  Stu’s Tune and have them silently read to themselves and draw what they visualize.


Assessment: I will have each student come to the front of the classroom and share what they drew from the book.  I will assess them based on what the author wanted the reader to visualize and their ability to describe what they drew to the class.  Use checklist as well for assessment.




Prelutsky, Jack.  The Random House Book of Poetry for Children.  1983.  New York:

            Random House Inc.


Stu’s Tune.  1990.  United States: Educational Insights.
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