favorite activities is to use poetry to teach visualization. Since I
teach this during testing, I try to add in some interesting hands on element to
understand a poem. I read the poem two
times. Then I read it line by line and
talk about what I notice in the poem.
Some of the things we discuss are:
What is a brook? What would it look like or sound like? I have
students close their eyes and visualize.
Who is the speaker? How do we know?
How old is the speaker?
How did she cross the brook? What does stone-by stone mean? I have even
had kids act it out if they are especially antsy.
What is greenery? What would it look? I have students close
their eyes and visualize.
I have students close their eyes again and visualize
what the brook would look like now after all the information the speaker has
What is the purpose of the hyphen? Why would a pause be important in how it is
What does it mean when the Grandmother says, “It’s
the children who change and go away?”
Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website (www.mandygregory.com) and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.