When targeting visualization, have students show you their thinking by drawing their mental pictures. After teaching and modeling the skill, then guide students through it in small groups, and then let them practice visualization within a listening station.

The station procedures would include:

  1. Listen to an audio text without following along in the printed text.
  2. At the end of the audio book, draw an illustration that represents the action that happened/information that was learned. (Older students could draw while listening to the text.
  3. The activity could produce multiple illustrations/visualizations.)
  4. Listen to the audio book a second time with the printed text. Compare the illustrator’s images to the student’s visualizations.

A listening station allows students to practice visualization by drawing their mental movies based on key words and phrases.

Watch a FREE 4-minute preview of Kristi McCullough’s Literacy Station Launch #4 & #5: Implementing Listening & Reading Response Stations (K-5)

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