Visualisation when reading

Today Ms Coulthard taught a lesson about visualisation. Students are learning about how reading can stimulate all 5 senses when creating an image.

We began the lesson by reading a passage from Charlottes Web.

“The barn was very large.  It was very old.  It smelled of hay… It smelled of the perspiration of tired horses and the wonderful sweet breath of patient cows… It smelled of grain and of harness dressing…  It was full of all sorts of things you find in barns: ladders, grindstones, pitch forks…  lawn mowers, snow shovels, ax handles, milk pails, water buckets, empty grain sacks, and nasty rat traps…”

After Ms Coulthard read this passage to the class we brainstormed together what senses we could use to make a picture in our heads of what is occurring in the story. We looked at and highlighted the key words that helped us create these pictures in our heads.

Next we worked together in small groups with a passage from a book. The 3 passages were

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We then wrote key words from the passage where each of our senses could be used for.

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Some of us guessed straight away what books the passages were from and were able to write them in the box  in the middle.

The first passage was from



The second passage was from


The third passage was from


We will continue to learn more about visualization and its importance when reading next week.


What did learn about visualization this lesson?

Which sense or senses were the easiest to use when reading the passage and why?

Can you write a key word or phrase from one of the other passages that would match one of the 5 senses?


One thought on “Visualisation when reading

  1. Hi Mrs Baldwin, I cant answer the 2 questions because im not in your class. It sounds very interesting. Gemma

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