One of my favorite things to teach my kiddos about reading is Making Mental Images or Visualizing. In my opinion that is what makes reading so great! YOU get to create the pictures in your head! So, this summer we went to the public library a a class and the children's librarian read the perfect Mentor Text to teach Visualization:
The narrator of this book is a monkey who claims he can read your mind! The book starts with the monkey asking the reader to imagine the most spectacular thing in history!
Then, in his search for his best friend Ernesto, he describe the most wonderful, active, exciting purple kangaroo! If that wasn't what you were thinking about to begin with, by the end of the book, that is the only thing you are thinking of!
My kiddos exploded into applause when the librarian finished!
This is the perfect story to teach the kiddos making Mental Images (Visualization). They can help but make pictures in their minds of the amazing purple kangaroo described in this book!
I have made a little freebie to go with this gem! Before you even introduce this book, I would start by prompting the kiddos to imagine (and draw) the most spectacular thing that they can think of!
Then, I would have them draw what they are thinking about after reading the story!
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Now! The Visualizing Freebie!
I have included 2 pages. One for doing a before reading sketch of what they are thinking and an after reading sketch. The other page is for just an after reading sketch of their visualization. You can find them here:
What are your favorite Mentor Texts for teaching Making Mental Images?