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“She just smiled, said that she loved books more than anything, and started telling him excitedly what each of the ones in her lap was about. And Ove realized that he wanted to hear her talking about the things she loved for the rest of his life.”

― Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

Today I didn’t teach what was on my lesson plans. I started the day reading a book called “What do you do with an Idea.” As I neared the end I decided what a great way to teach mental images. So as I turned the next page I read the words, but did not show the pictures. The kids were unusually quiet. I read the rest of the book without showing “the idea.” As we finished I explained what mental images are. How we use them to become better readers. And what we use to make them.

Off we went to make our own mental images of an idea. Then we shared. And we talked about the power of mental images and using our imagination to become stronger readers, and enjoy the text we are reading.

We didn’t get to reading groups today. Today we shared our mental images, and shared our ideas about what to do with an idea.

It was just an idea I had-while sharing a story.