Lesson: Making a "MOVIE" Visual

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to visualize by making a movie in their minds using the read aloud Ferdinand.

Lesson Plan

Lesson Focus:  Visualizing:  I can make a movie in my mind

Objective:  Students will be able to visualize by making a movie in their minds using the read aloud Ferdinand. 

Procedure: Walking to the rug:  Students will be sitting at their seats silently, I will use the quiet signal by saying to the students:  college and they will respond yes we can!  I will wait for a moment to check for silence and redirect any students that are not quiet by giving them a level on the consequence system. Teacher will tell students that they follow the following directions when walking to the rug.  On the teacher’s call of one students will stand, on the teacher’s call of two, students will push in their chairs, on the teacher’s call of three students will walk to the rug, and on the call of four they will sit criss cross applesauce in a circle on the rug.  I will wait for silence, call one and wait for all students to be standing.  When all students are standing I will call two and wait for all students to push in their chairs, when students have all pushed in their chairs I will call three and wait for all students to silently walk to the rug, minding the rule of keeping their hands, feet and objects to themselves.  On the call of four all students will sit criss cross applesauce on the rug. 

When students are on the rug I will remind them of the expectations of sitting on the rug and being active listeners, I will make the chart.. when we sit on the rug we…

1.         Are quiet

2.       We keep our hands, feet, and objects to ourselves

3.       Our eyes are on the reader, teacher, or speaker

4.      We come to the rug to learn and listen

I will explain that students that violate those rules will be given a consequence. 


Connection:  Would you rather watch a movie or read a book?  Take tallies and put them on the board.  List some things that we do when we watch movies, what are some things that we do when we read books, make a t-chart.  Did you know that when you read you can actually make a movie in your mind and when you make a movie in your mind you are taking time to make sure you are really visualizing what is going on in your story.

Teach/Model:  When we visualize we are creating a movie in our mind.  When we create movies in our minds as readers we are really seeing and understanding what is going on in the story because we are making a picture model of that story in our brains.  Today I am going to teach you how to make a movie in your mind while reading a story that I love sooo much called The Story of Ferdinand.  While I am reading the story watch how I am thinking aloud to show you how I am making a movie in my mind.

Read the story:  the Story of Ferdinand stop at various points to demonstrate and model how I am visualizing by making a movie in my mind. 

Options of places to stop:

It was his favorite spot out in the pasture under a cork tree:  I can make a movie in my mind of Fernidand sitting all by himself while all the other bulls are playing and having fun.

 Sometimes his mother, who was a cow, would worry about him.  She was afraid he would be lonesome all by himself.   I am making a movie in my mind of his mother with a worried expression on her face.

Now the next time I make a movie in my mind I am going to draw a picture of the movie I am making in my mind. Watch how I make the movie in my mind and then I make a picture of that movie

Stop at: 

Small Fernidad and then big Fernidad

Draw picture and model for the students how you would take time to model drawing a picture that is the image of the movie you created in your mind.

Guided Practice:  Stop at Well, if you were a bumble bee and a bull sat on you what would you do?  You would sting him.  And that is just what this bee did to Ferdinand.  Have students help draw an image of what the movie in their minds looks like. 

Procedure:  Raise your hand when you want to be called on.

Active engagement:  Turn and Talk Procedure:  Explain to the students that when we turn and talk we turn and talk to the partner on our right, if we don’t have a partner we raise our hand.  When we talk to our partners we stay on task about the topic the teacher wants us to be talking about, we ask questions, and we talk in a 6 inch voice. 

Students will turn and talk about the movie they are making in their minds when the teacher reads the part that says:  so they took him away for the bull fight day in a cart.  What movie in your mind do you make? Turn and tell you partner.

Finish reading the story.

Explain Independent Practice:

Independent Practice:  When students go back to their seat they will take time to draw a picture of the movie in their mind that they can draw just like the one I drew, and the one we drew together.  They will draw their movie in their mind on their paper.  They may also write the moment in the story on the line of the part they are drawing the movie for.  Students will be working silently, they can use color for their drawings.  When students are finished they can draw another movie in their mind or they may read a book silently. 

Share:  Students will share out the movie they made in their mind and I will demonstrate how students can give positive compliments or remarks by raising their hand.



Students who don’t “get” the lesson.  Will be expected to be pulled back by the teacher. 




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