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Old 02-10-2008, 01:23 PM
 
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I need suggestions for books/poetry to begin a mental image unit. The book I went to Barnes and Noble to purchase wasn't there. I wanted to use A Quiet Place.


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As part of our science unit, I read the first nine pages of "If You Decide To Go To The Moon" and then had the students paint what they saw on their way. It could be a cute starting activity and the paintings were beautiful!
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My favorites for visualization are books by Jonathan London or Jane Yolen.

Like Butter on Pancakes, Puddles, and The Waterfall are all by Jonathan London. They are short, but use wonderful language.

For Jane Yolen, I LOVE Owl Moon.

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Anything by Joanne Ryder (I think that is her name). These are great boosk to "visualize" with. I am also starting this unit this week. I spent some time at the library today and gathered up some books that I thought would be good for this unit. I picked up Owl Moon, The Napping House by Audrey Wood, Birthday Presents by Cynthia Rylant, Night Sounds Morning Colors by Rosemary Wells, Greyling by Jane Yolen. I am also going to use the poems from RWM.
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I thought I'd use Owl Moon since I can't get A Quiet Place. I ended up ordering it through Amazon so I'll have it for next week.

Thanks everyone for all the ideas! Sounds like you have been reading RWM today also, Dani!


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I also started mental images this week...i was wondering how long your mental images unit is going to last??? and my kids didnt seem to understand today that they could picture it in their mind like a movie, but the book that I read they were laughing about.
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I'm thinking that I will run mental images for three weeks. I began today. Our basal uses mental images for the next two weeks so I can incorporate their skill into my RW as well.

I read Honey, I Love today and it worked out beautifully for use of the senses. (Isn't it amazing how sometimes you just pick up a book and it works out perfectly for what you were trying to do"?)
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I am thinking Ill will run my unit for about 3 weeks as well. I can only get to RW for 3 days a week, so it may go into 4-5 weeks. We will see.
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Mine lasted about that - 3 1/2 weeks actually counting the reading celebration we're having today. Three is perfect IMO - and the kids really did SO well with it! They really got how creating an image can help them "get lost" in a book - we had a blast! I'd say it was one of their favorite units thus far...
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I started this unit this month and last week I used Owl Moon. The kids were spell-bound by it. I had them draw what they were hearing and on Tuesday when we go back they will share them in their small groups. We will use them to talk about how different our schema is based on their own background.
I also am going to use poems from RWM and one I found in Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein


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Old 02-17-2008, 05:06 PM
 
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The Waterfall's Gift by Joanne Ryder is an excellent choice for "using all of our senses to make mental images". My second graders and I made a web on chart paper with all of the senses. When they "opened up one of their senses" after hearing the text, I wrote down their "mental image". This was very powerful and has opened the door to making more than visual images.

The Night Flight, also by Joanne Ryder was inspiring as well. I read it without showing the pictures and gave the kids a graphic organizer (that I created in a word document) that asked them to draw and then write about their "most vivid mental image". The kids' use of words to describe their image is what impressed me the most...making mental images is making a positive impact on their writing as well!
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Old 02-20-2008, 05:47 PM
 
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I ordered and received the book yesterday from Amazon. I am so glad that I have added it to my professional and school library. It is wonderful! I only wish I had had it for my first couple of days of concentrating on mental images.
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