Did you know that April is National Poetry Month. I love teaching visualizing using poetry. Visualizing is powerful skill that is used throughout life and really helps with reading and listening comprehension.
What is visualizing?
Visualizing just means creating a visual picture in your head based on the words you read or hear. It’s like making a little movie in your head. This skill is very important when listening to stories (that may not have a ton of picture support) or even just listening to other people. Visualizing is a specific comprehension skill that I taught in first grade, but even younger kids can practice it!
Visualizing with Poetry
Poetry is one of my very favorite tools for teaching visualizing! There are so many fun poems that have some really fun visuals for little ones to imagine! Just print this response sheet and read aloud eight poems over the course of a few days. Of course it is free and the link will give you instant access!
As you read each poem, children can draw a picture of what they visualize in the boxes on the response sheet. I love using poems by my favorite poet and from this book, but any poems that you love are great! Try to choose poems that children can relate to and easily visualize. After everyone has completed their visualizing, it’s fun to share the pictures as a class.
Want to adapt this for virtual learning? EASY! Record yourself reading the poems using a voice recording app or even make a few videos for your students to watch! Make your readings into QR codes or add them to a Google Classroom! The options are endless!
Have fun learning!