Another center that is really popular in my class is Read, Visualize, Draw. It's a great way to practice visualizing while reading, which is such an important comprehension strategy! Make sure you've taught and modeled this strategy before introducing this center. Especially for those struggling reading, stopping to visualize can be so helpful.
Keep in mind that your students who do not like to draw probably will not be huge fans of this center, but I really don't put a lot of emphasis on drawing ability for this center. It's more about their ability to read text, make a picture in their minds of what they are reading and then communicate that visualization through drawing. Some kids think they aren't the best artist, so I encourage them to to label parts of their drawings.
While teaching this center, I tell them to first read it all the way through. Then I reread it and model the process of stopping to visualize. I think out loud so my students know what's going through my head while I read. When I finished reading, I start to draw. When I'm finished drawing, I reread a third time to check my drawing.
Here are a few examples of this center from later in the year:
This is from my May literacy menu. It is a pond scene. Students read the description below and added to the pond scene. See how both look pretty unique, yet they both included everything.
Here are some spring-themed texts to visualize.
I have a first grade version and a kindergarten version. The first grade version starts out with several levels of difficulty, as shown below. Then it continues to seasonal themes and progresses with difficulty. Most have at least two levels of difficulty. The kindergarten version remains simple with picture clues and simple sentences.
Click HERE for Kindergarten.
Click HERE for 1st grade.
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