April 11, 2011

Visualizing with Poems

This week our focus is good readers visualize.  When blogging, I came across a FABULOUS poem on Mrs. Jump's blog.  My kids went WILD over this poem and couldn't wait to begin their illustration.  We used Wikki Sticks to underline some key words that helped the kids paint a picture in their heads.

I also changed the color and font size on some of the words (on their typed copies for their poetry notebooks).  This really helped them notice the good visualizing words.

After they made their pics of the dog I flipped the rest of the poem down.  I handed out the rest of the poem for them to read but told them once they figured it out not to yell out the answer.  Eyes widened once they realized it was REALLY a crocodile!!  Here are their pics.  We added the poem and illustrations to their poetry notebooks.

Here are the purple dogs...

And here are some crocodiles...


  1. Thank you for posting this. I just learned a bit about Visualizing last week and haven't had a chance to try it out with my students.


  2. I ALWAYS start with poems. I often have them highlight key words that helped them paint a picture in their heads. The illustrations are the BEST part!!

  3. Oh my gosh, thanks! I was able to post the poem you hand-wrote on my Promethean, quickly print off your copy of the poem, and have my visualization lesson ready! Then I showed my students (second graders, but close enough ;)) your kids' pictures, and they loved being able to compare and contrast as a language objective, as we are a Spanish speaking community. Thanks!

    1. Wow, that sounds SO cool! Glad to hear that you were able to quickly get the lesson and materials together!!


  4. I love this lesson! I can't wait to read this poem to my kiddos and see what they visualize!