We just wrapped up instruction on one of my favorite topics, visualizing.  I wrote “wrapped up instruction”, because while I am done direct teaching it (unless we need a review), it is something that we will be using continuously throughout the year. 
My kiddos absolutely LOVED this topic and were engaged through all of the lessons.
After brainstorming what they already knew about visualizing, we completing a fun activity that I found on Deanna Jump’s Mrs. Jump’s Class blog.  
We read the Jack Prelustky poem “My Neighbor’s Dog is Purple” and followed up with Deanna’s worksheet that you can grab here.
Here are some of my kiddos’ visualizations.
My kiddos INSISTED on taking a copy of the worksheet and poem home so
that they could use it with their parents.  I won’t lie…I LOVE when
that happens!
The next day we did an anchor chart, because I wanted to see what their thoughts were on visualizing.  I thought they had a pretty good grasp on it.   Love the word “imagineate”.  
Another fun activity was based around one of my very favorite books.  A college professor who ended up being my first principal introduced me to this book.  If you haven’t read it, it’s a must-read, and it works so well into other topics, too.  Here are some of the “aminals” that my students came up with based upon Patrick’s description in the story.  I was so worried that my students had heard this story before and this activity would be an epic fail.  Fortunately, nobody knew what the “aminal” really was.  
What was it?  Oh, now I can’t tell you that!  You have to read the book!
Then I hit a stumbling block.  I needed to assess these lessons, but how?  Just because I visualize something one way, certainly doesn’t mean that my students visualize it the same way.  Then I found Rachel Lynette’s Visualizing Task cards….PERFECT!
You can check them out here in here TPT store.  They are actually labeled as grades 3-5, but my kiddos did a great job with them.  I only had to read a word or two that they couldn’t figure out on their own.
I let the students choose two cards, read them, and then select the one that they thought they could complete the best.  Here are pics of a couple of their finished products.
My fabulous librarian pulled some great books for us to use, too and I added a few books to a list for you to use, if you have them.
I have to say that I am glad that this is a skill that we will continuously refer back to, because it was so much fun to teach!

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