Another center that is really popular in my class is Read, Visualize, Draw. It's a great way to practice visualizing while reading, which is such an important comprehension strategy! Make sure you've taught and modeled this strategy before introducing this center. Especially for those struggling reading, stopping to visualize can be so helpful.
I've been doing this center for years, but thanks to great clip art it now has a cuter look than it used to. :)
(clipart by scrappindoodles)
Keep in mind that your students who do not like to draw probably will not be huge fans of this center, but I really don't put a lot of emphasis on drawing ability for this center. It's more about their ability to read text, make a picture in their minds of what they are reading and then communicate that visualization through drawing. Some kids who aren't the best artists (or think they aren't) like to label parts of their drawings so I know. Very sweet. :)
While teaching this center, I tell them to first read it all the way through. Then I reread it and model the process of stopping to visualize. I think out loud so my students know what's going through my head while I read. When I finished reading, I start to draw. When I'm finished drawing, I reread a third time to check my drawing.
Here are a few examples of this center from later in the year:
This is from my May literacy menu. It is a pond scene. Students read the description below and added to the pond scene. See how both look pretty unique, yet they both included everything.
Have you ever had your students draw what they visualize? How do you teach this comprehension strategy?
Here's a freebie for you so you can try it out with your class. Click on the picture below to download.
These are from my September literacy menu. There are four levels here so hopefully one will meet the needs of your students.