We are learning to visualise when we read. When we make pictures in our head of what the author is telling us it helps us to understand what we are reading. Sometimes books have pictures to help us and we can imagine all the extra little bits of detail in our head and sometimes they have no pictures and we need to imagine all the parts in our head.
"The pictures are starting to move" Kamora-Lee
When we get really good at visualising a little movie plays in our head as we read.
We had a description of an awhinat. We drew what we could visualise. Great readers re-read when they are reading and cannot visualise. Lots of the children in Room 1617 re-read lots of times.
The ahwinat is an animal that lives on land and in water. It has a long skinny oval shaped body. It has a short neck and a long tail that is fat close to the body but gets skinner and it curls like the letter s. The ahwinat’s head is shaped like a small fat oval laying sideways. It has big eyes on the side of its head and little nostrils on the end of its head. The ahwinat has big ears that stick out past the top of its head. It has a big open mouth that smiles from its cheek. Inside the mouth are pointy teeth and a long curly tongue that pokes out. The ahwinat has scales on the bottom half of its body. It has two long arms that start up by its shoulders and nearly touch the ground. Each arm has three pointy fingers at the end. It has two short legs with three pointy toes at the end. The legs are near the back of the body by the tail. The top of the head and the middle of the back are covered with short triangular shaped plates. The top part of the ahwinats body and its tail are covered in koru spiral lines. Ahwinats are the colour of autumn leaves so they can camouflage when on land. They can change to blue and green when they go in water.
From the descriptions and the from what was visualised can you work out what an awhinat is?