Visualizing one of the most powerful ways to teach students the art of comprehension. This packet of minilessons has been in the development stages for over four years! As a reading specialist, I have discovered that one of the easiest ways to teach my students the true meaning of comprehension is to start with visualizing and the use of REAL literature. NO ONE PAGE STORIES. Real literature is the key, especially for developing readers. I have combed through HUNDREDS of picture books to bring you the BEST books to teach visualizing! (My librarian loves me.)
THIS IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF UNITS ON VISUALIZATION. MORE VISUALIZING UNITS COMING SOON.
-Figurative Language & Visualizing
-A Twist on Visualizing Using Wordless Books
This packet contains:
-1 Kick Off Lesson (Grades K-5)
-1 Anchor Lesson (Grades K-5)
-2 Fall Related Picture Book Lessons (Grades 1-5)
-1 October Lesson (K-2)
*Although the lessons contain specific directions, teachers can use their many talents to adapt most of these lessons to fit any level and fit any amount of lesson time. (K-5) I decided to level them with specific lesson plans, but feel free to change it up. Scaffold it to meet your students' needs. :)
Visualizing requires readers to listen, recall, infer, and produce in order to occur. When a student can visualize what they are listening to or reading, true comprehension is taking place. Visualizing is a powerful way to measure students’ levels of comprehension.
When I set out to create visualizing lessons years ago, I wanted to use amazing picture books to introduce or anchor the strategy. I not only have found some of the most fitting examples of literature, I found one for visualizing that mirrors the task of visualizing for the first time reader.
Your developing readers will be taken on a journey with a little bat named Chiro as he experiences his very first solo flight, much like many of our readers experiencing their first solo comprehension strategy.
Students LOVE this story, but not as much as I do, for the beautiful way it teaches this ever-important strategy; visualizing.
EACH LESSON INCLUDES A "HANDS-ON" ACTIVITY! These craft activities help students to deepen their understanding by involving different modalities of learning. The are great for your busy or kinesthetic learners! Each lesson also wraps up with a student reflection activity, which is vital when transferring the strategy to real reading. :)
This FAll Edition packet lends itself wonderfully to fall, although it can certainly be used anytime. I chose to teach visualizing in the fall after I truly KNOW my developing readers. This strategy also fits nicely into the fall theme with its stories about a young bat, a big green monster, a pumpkin’s life cycle, and the adventures of a leaf!
I hope your students love these stories and lessons as much as we do!
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