We discuss how visualizing is like making "mind movies" to help carry us through the story. I invite students to share their mind movies with partners through oral descriptions and quick sketches too. I like that visualizing is open-ended and you can't really be wrong. For example, we're reading Pencil of Doom by Andy Griffiths right now. It's another one of my favorites! It's such a good book that the substitute I had on Wednesday read way too long because she didn't want to stop, haha. Anyway, we got into a goose bump-moment debate over who the characters on the cover were. I honestly don't know which is which either and the students both loved and hated that. =) We were using our clues and the mind movies we had made to compare and contrast the cover's characters to our own. You'll probably want to go on and get the rest of the books in the series because your students are going to want to read them all. Trust me.
Finally, I read Meanwhile by Jules Feiffer for a visualizing minilesson. I usually read it in writing workshop for a pattern book or repetitive pattern minilesson, but decided to try it in reading workshop this year. It's a comic book style book about a little boy named Raymond who wishes real life worked like a comic book so you could just write "meanwhile" and change the scene. He, of course, gets his wish and is transported into various different scenes. Each time he would write "meanwhile" I would have my students stop and do a quick sketch of their mind movie. I stuck little sticky notes on those pages to help me remember them while reading. The book doesn't have page numbers (hate that!), but if you decide to get the book, I put sticky notes on pages 3, 9, 15, 19, and 25.
Okay, I hope that gives you some great ideas for visualizing! We're working on introducing making connections next, so I'll be back with a wrap up of those ideas soon. Until then, if you decide to purchase any of these books for your classroom, I'd love it if you used my link. Have a great week!