Lesson: Awaken your senses
==> Soak cotton balls in familiar liquids such as orange juice, vanilla, peppermint, dressing, sun lotion, soap, pickle
juice, etc. Place each cotton ball in a small ziplock baggie.
==> Bring out the first baggie and pass it around so that children can smell it. Have them close their eyes as they
smell it and get a picture in their head.
==> What do you see in your head when you smell that cotton ball? The picture that is painted in your head by that
smell is called a visualization.
==> Smells can paint pictures and so can words.
==> One of the things that readers do when they read is to create pictures or mental images in their heads as they
read. They imagine what the character looks like and sounds like, etc. They imagine what the setting looks like.
==> Today as I read you part of a story I am going to talk about my mental images. I am even going to sketch a few
of them for you.
==> Read Night Sounds, Morning Colors by Rosemary Wells, talk about and sketch your mental images. (You might want
to take several days sharing this book in small snippets.)
==> Invite the children to close their eyes and let their minds fill with mental images.
Night Sounds, Morning Colors