Monday, February 4, 2013

Visualization


So being on maternity leave has left me in this bittersweet state.  I'm absolutely in love with my little ones and cherish every second I have with them.  But on the other side - I completely miss my job.  I'm not used to not being completely engulfed and surrounded by blogs, pins, TPT finds, books, ideas, plans, etc.  I'm really beginning to miss it.  I know that my time with them will fly by and I'll look back and think that I was crazy - but right now, this is how I feel.  

To help my separation anxiety, I've decided to blog about a past lesson I did with my kids that they really enjoyed.  Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of this lesson because I was being observed during it and couldn't take pictures.  Just visualize (get it!!) a lot of very engaged children.  :)

One of my favorite things to teach is visualization.  I absolutely enjoy bringing out the kids' imaginations and allowing them to see how creative they can be and then having them apply that to their reading and comprehension.  They are amazed at how well they remember stories after we've taught and learned this strategy.  They also get very into seeing other students' visuals and comparing and contrasting them to one another's.  

This lesson was on visualizing (obviously) but with a little twist.  I used sound effects to allow the students to practice their visualizing skills.  The great thing about this lesson is it really helped us emphasize the fact that details are important when we read and visualize AND the lesson even reinforced the strategy of main idea.  

Here is a copy of the lesson.  I don't use this lesson plan template normally.  This is what I had to turn in since I was observed during this lesson.  You can click on the first page of the lesson plan to download it.  




The lesson was so much fun.  Again, I wish I had pictures.  If you're interested in this lesson, the lesson plan, 36 slide powerpoint, and all printables needed for the lesson are available on Teachers Pay Teachers for only $3.00!! You can check it out HERE.  Below is a sneak peak at one of the printables that goes along with the lesson.  The lesson is very constructive and effective and of course, FUN!!  I hope you guys check it out :)  

 I would love some feedback on the entire lesson so the first 3 people to comment on this post will get the entire zip file from TPT for free to check out (in hopes that you will give me some constructive feedback!!)  And if anyone has any advice on how to ease my separation anxiety, I'd greatly appreciate it!!  AND DON'T FORGET ABOUT MY GIVEAWAY I'M HAVING!!!!  

Goodnight!

6 comments:

  1. I think these plans are wonderful. I will be checking out your shop. Thanks!!

    ~Jennifer
    theparkers04@hotmail.com

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    1. Hey there! I sent the lesson to the e-mail you provided. I hope you received it :)

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  2. Hey Mrs. Harris! Thanks for following my blog. . . now I'm following yours. You have a very cute blog! I'm jealous! And you have cute babies! How lucky you are to have two! I am a new grandmother. My son and his wife had our first grandchild in June. She is such a delight at 8 months old. Just learning to crawl and to find her voice! Of course I'm much too young to be a gramma, but I'll take it! Ha ha! Please go back to my blog and read the message I left you , unless you already got it in an email. I think you'll be very surprised!
    Patty

    Second In Line

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    1. Hi!! Thanks so much for the lovely comment. I sent you a copy of the lesson via e-mail. I hope you get it. Let me know if not!

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  3. Great idea to use for visualization. My kids are struggling with it and it's difficult to find fresh ways to practice it.

    Rebecca
    Classroom Compulsion

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    1. Hi Rebecca! Let me know your e-mail and I'll send you the lesson! Thanks for stopping by :)

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