to Learn Teaching Visualization
order for students to become successful
readers, it is vital that they develop comprehension strategies and
meaning from the text that they are reading. One of the most
comprehension strategies available for students to use is
Visualization is a strategy that involves the reader constructing
inside their mind based on the text they are reading. When
visualize a text, they are able to create a mental picture of the text,
thus make it more memorable and easy to understand. In this
students will learn to use visualization strategies to aid in their
comprehension of the text. They will practice constructing these
visualizations while reading, and then will convey what they have
through illustrations (their visualizations) and explanations of the
pencils, Crayons, or Markers
Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (individual copies for each student)
student answer the following questions?
the fountain of youth look like?
Winnie meet the Tucks?
special about the water?
of the poem Food Fight by Kenn Nesbitt
-Copy of the
poem I'm Staying Home from School Today by Kenn
copies for each student)
- Today, our lesson is going
to be on comprehension. Does anyone
remember what comprehension means? That's
right! Comprehension means to understand
what you have read. When we start reading
chapter books, there aren't going to be any pictures in the book. So it can be very hard sometimes to see the
pictures in your head without getting clues or pictures.
To help us better understand the text, there are some
comprehension strategies that we can use to assist us.
- There is a very helpful
comprehension strategy that I use called visualization.
Visualization is being able to create images in your head
about what you are reading without actually seeing the images on the
book. Today, we are going to comprehend a
story by visualizing it.
- Today, I am going to read
to you a poem called Food Fight. As
I'm reading this story, I am going to think about in my head what I
think is going on by creating mental images. (Read
poem to the students) Well when I was
reading that poem I was visualizing a huge lunchroom with tons of
children and teachers standing around with food all over them. All the students were throwing food everywhere! There was food all over the tables, floor, and
wall! The food was also all over the
teachers and students. To show you what I
visualized, I am going to draw what I mentally saw in my head onto the
board. (I will draw the picture on the
SmartBoard and ask the students if they were visualizing the same thing
when I was reading the poem aloud)
- Now I am going to have you
practice your comprehension by visualizing the next poem.
(I will hand each student a copy of the poem, I'm
Staying Home from School Today.) We
are going to read this poem together. As I
read the poem aloud, I want you to read silently with me at your desk
and I want you to visualize in your mind the events that are taking
place. (Read the poem to the class) Now I want you to draw on your drawing paper
what you visualized when we read this poem. (Give
time for students to draw their pictures) Now
that you are done drawing, does anyone want to share what they were
visualizing during the story? (Have a
couple students come up to the front of the class and share their
- Now that you
are becoming experts with visualizations, we are going to start reading
the book, Tuck Everlasting and I am going to have you read the
first chapter in the book. (Pass out books to the students and give
them a book talk before they begin reading). Once upon a time, there was
a young girl named Winnie who was very curious. One day, she
wandered out of her yard and into the woods behind her house where she
came upon a family- The Tuck's. The Tuck's were very unusual
people because they drank from the fountain of youth and were
guaranteed to live forever! But, to Winnie's surprise, she was
kidnapped by these kind people! I wonder what will happen to
her. Will she drink from the fountain of youth, too? It
looks like you'll have to read to find out! Now, I want you to
read Chapter one of the book silently to yourselves, and while you are
reading, use your visualization skills to help you comprehend what you
have read. When you finish reading Chapter One, take out your
drawing paper and make an illustration of what you visualized in your
head. You may use your colored pencils, crayons, or markers. After you finish your drawing, write a
short statement describing what you have illustrated and how it
represents the text you were visualizing.
Assessment: I will assess the students' understanding of
the text by looking at their illustrations and short statements. I will also administer the comprehension
to each student to see if they comprehend the story.
Everlasting. Sunburst, 1975.
Amy. Read It, Picture It!
Nesbitt, Kenn. Food Fight!
Nesbitt, Kenn. I'm Staying Home from school today
Smith, Leah. Picture
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