Visualizing is one of those reading strategies/skills that isn't ever specifically mentioned in the Common Core Standards, but it is a critical reading comprehension strategy for kids in K-5. I browsed Pinterest for some Visualizing anchor charts and decided I didn't need to recreate my own when there were so many great ones out there (and let's face it... I can't draw, and visualizing is one of those that requires a smidgen of drawing!) Here were some of my favorite Pinterest finds...
|From Fabulous Fourth Grade|
|From the Debbie Diller Site|
|Source Unknown (If it's yours, let me know!)|
- I began reading the cards sentence by sentence. After each sentence, I asked the students to verbalize what they were visualizing. I particularly likes card #6 and #7 for this one!
- I read the card to them, then I asked them specific questions about what I just read. The first time around, most of them didn't know the answer. I read it again, asking them to really focus in on visualizing the details. Sometimes I had to read it three or four times. (When I do this, I read the entire card at once, asking them to build the image).
- Depending on the number of sentences in the paragraph, I had my kids divide a piece of paper into sections. I would read each sentence, and in one section, the students would draw what they visualize based on the sentence. I would read the next sentence, and in the next section, they would draw their new visualization. I was so disappointed in myself that I didn't take a picture of this because it was so neat! I loved how the drawings evolved for card #7-- the kids thought they were talking about a beach right up until the very end.
I hope you can find a use for the cards!