Reading Skills: Visualizing
These sites are about using visualizing in reading. See how you incorporate technology into your curriculum to help students master the art of visualization. Includes an overview of the concept of visualization, lesson plans, and links to interactive programs for student use. Also included are eThemes resources on Basic Reading Skills and Reading Comprehension.
Into the Book: What is Visualizing?
Use this resource with your students to introduce the concept of visualizing and help them understand how to effectively use the strategy while reading. Includes sections for student interactive activities, teacher videos, lessons, books, research and additional links.
ReadWriteThink: Teaching Shapes Using Read-Alouds, Visualization, and Sketch to Stretch
This lesson plan uses Math to teach visualization to your students. Includes read-alouds to help student with learning shapes.
Read this article about visualization as a learning strategy as well as tips and additional resources on implementation. NOTE: This site includes ads.
TeacherVision: Lesson: Visualizing: Following the Drinking Gourd
Here is a lesson plan that uses the story "Follow the Drinking Gourd" by Jeanette Winter, to develop visualization skills. NOTE: This site includes ads.
TeacherVision: Lesson: Visualizing: Hill of Fire
This lesson plan uses the book "Hill of Fire" by Thomas Lewis to teach visualization. NOTE: This site includes ads
OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE: Tux Paint
Encourage your students' to visualize using this open source drawing software for children ages three to 12 years old. NOTE: This site includes ads.
ReadWriteThink: Comic Creator
This interactive program allows student to design their own comic strips and practice their visualizing skills.
Visualization Activity: Making Mind Pictures
This activity can help students to learn to visualize texts.
ReadWriteThink: Stapeless Book
Students can use this interactive program to create an eight-page book they can use for read-aloud visualization activities.
MakeBeliefsComix.com: Create Your Own Comix Strip
Have students design thier own comic strips in either English or Spanish with this easy to use program.
eThemes Resource: Reading Skills: Basics
These websites are for beginning readers. There are many online games, quizzes, activities, and printable worksheets. Basic reading skills such as beginning and ending consonants, blends, vowel sounds, and sight words are covered. There are also online and interactive stories that read aloud as students follow along. Included are several eThemes resources about reading. (Grades 1,2)
eThemes Resource: Teaching Tips: Reading Comprehension Strategies
These sites offer various strategies to improve reading comprehension for students at all grade levels. Includes many online stories and questions to test reading comprehension. There is a reading comprehension inventory and research articles on this topic. Many pages can be printed out and used in the classroom. Some of the tips include KWL charts, story maps, word maps, and story pyramids. There are also links to eThemes Resources on graphic organizers, guided reading, and literature circles. (Grades 1-12)
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