I’m back for Mentor Monday! I’ve had some incredibly helpful and informative teacher bloggers helping out this month while I am adjusting to life as a Mommy of 3, all under the age of 2 :O. That is a whole separate blog post, so for now I’d love to give all my guest bloggers a huge round of applause. Won’t you join me?
I’m excited to get back to blogging and sharing ideas and strategies with all of you. Since we’re talking about visualizing this week, I ‘d like you to visualize the following scenario. I’ve been home from the hospital after delivering my little bundle of joy for about 2 days. One of my boys is in the kitchen, while I’m in the family room. Things are way too quiet. Now all you Mommas out there know what to do when it’s way too quiet…RUN. I hustled into the kitchen. There is my 19 month old sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor. He has just emptied the entire contents of a large container of Kosher salt, was parked in the middle of the pile, and had proceeded to spread it around by sweeping his hands back and forth (rapidly) on the kitchen tile floor. All the while, he had a huge smile and was LOVING every minute of it.
This little gem of a mentor text has tons of poems about small ordinary objects or animals. When I would teach children to visualize I would display a few different poems from this book, BUT leave out the title and illustration (if there were any.) They had to use their rereading skills and visualizing strategies to try and guess what the object or animal was in that poem. You can also discuss how a poet’s carefully selected word choice can guide a reader to visualize with only a few words.
I have TONS of books I could share with you about visualizing, but I just wanted to give you a little taste of what I’ve used and has worked well for my students. Which mentor texts do you use for visualizing? Please feel free to comment below.
*Note to fellow teacher bloggers: If you’d like to link up your post with a mentor text about this literacy topic, THANK YOU!
Here is a link to the Mentor Monday button I’ve created.
Please use it at the beginning of your post to make it easily recognizable on all link-ups. Also, please name your post Mentor Monday Linky 3/31/14: Visualizing. You’ll find the link-up at the end of this post. It will stay open until 11:30 P.M. Wednesday night 4/2/14.
I’m so excited to read your posts to learn about some other great picture books. Thank you for visiting my blog today! I’d love for you to follow me on Bloglovin‘ by clicking the heart on the blue book in the right sidebar. Please come back each week for Mentor Monday! :))