Sensory Images – Using Pictures to Tell a Story

The pictures in a story are a tool to help younger readers visualize what is happening.  Teaching students the connection between the pictures provided and what is happening in their heads will help students comprehend what they are reading better.

These lessons were created by Cathy’s student teacher, Amanda Rush.




Clue Words Without showing students the pictures, read aloud the book A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams.  After reading, have students draw a picture of what they think the chair looks like.  Students then record the words that helped them create the visualization.  We have created a page for you to use here:  Visualization Page

Make a Movie  Good readers often make a “movie” of what is happening in their head.  This helps the reader understand what is happening.  After reading aloud a story, students make their own movie strip to share the movie they made.  You will find our printable movie strip here:  Make a Movie! with 3 boxes    Make a Movie!  with 6 boxes

The Pictures Tell a Story  Using a wordless book, help students understand that the pictures in a book help to tell the story.   Share the book with students, reminding students to keep their thoughts in their heads so that each student can form their own story.  Students then use their own words to tell what happened in the book.  The Story the Pictures Told

Look at the Facial Expressions  2.RL.7 Often the facial expressions of a character can help the students understand more about the story.  Read aloud a book where the characters have exaggerated facial expressions like Flotsam or My Daddy Snores.  After reading, create a class list telling what you know about the characters because of the illustrations.


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