“Why do things look so differently when you look at them through your spy glass?”
“When my mom and I read Charlotte’s Web, I could really picture the web with the words woven into it hanging in our barn. I could also picture how Fern felt when she thought Wilbur was going to be killed. I would have screamed.”
“When my teacher read Hatchet to us last year, I could really picture the scene when Brian goes down in the airplane just like I was sitting in the front seat. The author really makes you feel like you’re there with him”
“When we were little, my mom would read to us and not let us see the pictures. I always liked how I pictured things better anyway.”
Tanny recommends using guiding question stems to help prompt kids in their discussion. This helps scaffold the thinking and provides the framework for the skill. Posting these on an anchor chart for your students to see and using them for journal responses helps the students actively think about and monitor how well they’re creating mental pictures.
- Have students sketch in a journal as a descriptive read aloud is shared such as Owl Moon or The Relatives Came.
- Dip cotton balls in liquids such as suntan lotion, lemon juice, and mouthwash, and let students smell them. Turn and talk with partners about what you think about when you smell them.
- Use touch bags with mystery objects and have students draw what they think is inside.
- Use magazines and locate photos that show various topics and emotions.
- Listen to an audio book and draw what you hear.
- Play audio clips of everyday sounds and have students share what images they picture.
|Sunflower House (Bunting), The Paperboy (Pilkey), In the Small, Small Pond (Fleming)
The Stories Julian Tells (Cameron), Fireflies (Hoffman), and When I was Young in the Mountain (Rylant)
I will close with sharing a graphic organizer I developed for my students to use in monitoring their reading. I have them record the text information that helps them picture the information on the left side, and depending on your students, you can have them draw or describe what they visualize on the right.