This purchase contains two in-class activities to practice the strategy of visualization.
ACTIVITY 1: (Pages 1 and 2)
Either independently or in partners, have students read the brief descriptions. For each description, students should draw a picture fitting the description.
Optional: When the activity is over, I like to show all the students' drawings under the Document Camera. I do this to show how we can all interpret things differently, including text.
Then, I show what the items really look like (using Page 4 of this document). We talk about where students were successful in visualizing the items and where they struggled.
ACTIVITY 2: (Page 3)
This activity requires a little bit more preparation. You will need:
-two short reading passages
(I usually go for an upbeat song and then an ominous song- for the ominous song, I recommend Vanessa Mae's "Toccata & Fugue")
-two items that smell in a paper bag
(some suggestions: pine branches or pine air freshener, a small candle with a potent smell, a fresh baked good, a hard-boiled egg, a citrus fruit cut open, a cotton ball with a drop of essential oil, soil)
What I teach students through this lesson, is that visualization is not just something that occurs in reading. We can also use it through listening to music and smelling smells. I read two separate passages, and the students draw pictures in the corresponding boxes to illustrate those passages. I play two different songs (having students close their eyes) and then have students draw pictures in the corresponding boxes as to what they saw in their head during the song. Finally, for the scents, I walk around with an open paper bag and have students smell the item in the bag (no peeking!). I have students draw pictures in the corresponding boxes of what they smelled.
Once this activity is over, the discussions you can conduct and the lessons you can teach are endless. Here are some examples below:
1. How does our brain work with our senses to make a picture?
2. Compare what you saw when listening to the two different songs? What about the beat or the notes changes your mental picture?
3. Compare your pictures to your partners. Why do we have different pictures after the reading passages?
4. What can we learn about ourselves or visualization from this activity?