It's Like a Movie in my Mind

posted Nov 14, 2014, 8:20 AM by Patrick Johnson
Students are learning how to visualize when they read to help them understand what they are reading. This week students have been listening to stories (at first without seeing the pictures) by Leo Lionni.

Our visualizing lessons goals:
1, Visualizing is relatively simple to do.
2. "Picture words" help readers visualize.
3. The picture words we make in our heads are created from our own experiences.
4. Visualizing involves not only things we see, but also our other sense.

First we listened to the story Swimming (again, without seeing the pictures). I modeled visualizing and talking about the images that were going through my mind as we listened to the story. As the story was playing I also drew the most vivid images on the white board and labeled my images with picture words. After listening to the story, I modeled retelling the story by talking and pointing to the images and words. Students then predicted what they thought the title of the book might be.
Finally, I read the book to the students (with the pictures this time) and we discussed how similar/different the images in the book were to the images they were visualizing.

Watch and listen to the story: Swimmy by Leo Lionni

The next day we repeated the same procedure as above (with a new story) except the students had their own pages to draw and label their visualizations. We paused the story frequently to give students the opportunity to share and discuss their visualizations with classmates. Afterwards, students predicted the title of the story.

Watch and listen to the story: Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni

Our visualizing anchor chart in class: