Do you ever think, “Hey! Wait a minute!” while you are reading when something doesn’t make sense?

Second and third grade students in Ms. White’s Title I class at Our Lady of Lourdes are using “Hey, Wait a Minute” and visualizing strategies to monitor understanding when reading.

The “Hey, Wait a Minute” strategy teaches students to think about what they are reading while they are reading, to make sure they are understanding what they are reading. Sometimes readers need to go back and reread a sentence or paragraph to help them understand.

Visualizing is when readers paint pictures in their heads to help them understand what they are reading. Sometimes when readers reread a sentence, they need to change the picture in their head to match their new understanding.

 

Wait a Minute! My Neighbor’s Dog?

To practice both of these skills, students read parts of the following poem, “My Neighbor’s Dog” by Jack Prelutsky.

My Neighbor’s Dog is Purple
by Jack Prelutsky

 

My neighbor’s dog is purple,
Its eyes are large and green,
its tail is almost endless,
the longest I have seen.

My neighbor’s dog is quiet,
It does not bark one bit,
but when my neighbor’s dog is near,
I feel afraid of it.

My neighbor’s dog looks nasty,
it has a wicked smile…
before my neighbor painted it,
it was a crocodile.

Hey, wait a minute! He painted it purple!

 

Then they drew a picture of what they visualized for each section.

 

1 dog Wait a Minute

 

 

3 dog Wait a Minute!

 

 

 

dog Hey! Wait a Minute!

 

 

 

Wait a Minute! Dog or crocodile?

 

At the end of the poem, we discovered that the dog was really a crocodile, so we had to rethink the picture in our head.

 

Hey, Wait a Minute! Cat or Opossum?

Next, students then looked at a picture of an opossum, and imagined what would they say if they thought the opossum was a cat!

opossum or cat?

By Second Graders

 

1 My Neighbor's Cat

My Neighbor’s Cat
by a Second Grader

My neighbor’s cat is weird
because it eats bugs.

My neighbor’s cat is weird
because it hangs from trees.

My neighbor’s cat is weird
because it has no fur on its tail.

 

 

2My Neighbor’s Cat by a Second Grader

My Neighbor’s Cat
by a Second Grader

 

My neighbor’s cat is strange because
it can hang from its tail.

My neighbor’s cat is strange because
it has a pointy nose.

My neighbor’s cat is strange because
it has chicken feet.

 

 

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My Neighbor’s Cat
by a Second Grader

 

My neighbor’s cat is weird because it has no fur on
its tail. It also has a long, pointy nose.

My neighbor’s cat is weird because
it has yellow teeth.

 

 

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My Neighbor’s Cat
by a Second Grader

 

My neighbor’s cat is weird and strange
because its tail has no fur on it.

It hangs onto trees with its tail
and it has feet like a chicken.

My neighbor’s cat is weird and strange
because its nose points out.

 

By Third Graders

 

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My Neighbor’s Cat
by a Third Grader

 

My neighbor’s cat is so weird because
it has a long nose and yellow pointy teeth.
My neighbor’s cat is weird because
it uses its tail to hang
from a branch of a tree.
My neighbor’s cat is weird because
it has no fur on its legs.

 

 

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My Neighbor’s Cat
by a Third Grader

 

My neighbor’s cat is mysterious because its feet look like
bird feet and it climbs on trees
with its naked tail.
My neighbor’s cat is mysterious because
it has a strange, long pointy nose.
I do not like my neighbor’s cat.

 

 

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My Neighbor’s Cat
by a Third Grader

 

My neighbor’s cat is so weird. It has a tail without fur. It
hangs from a branch and has a long pointy nose. I wonder
where my neighbor got this cat.

 

 

1 My Neighbor's Cat

My Neighbor’s Cat
by a Third Grader

 

My neighbor has a very weird cat. My neighbor’s cat has a
long nose. My neighbor’s cat has weird tail and paws that are
naked. My neighbor’s cat is very weird because it is hanging
from a tree by its tail!

 

 

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My Neighbor’s Cat
by a Third Grader

 

My neighbor’s cat is very strange. It has a weird tail with no
fur and it is hanging from a tree with its weird tail! My
neighbor’s cat has a long, pointy nose and beady black eyes.
It is giving me the shivers.

 

 

cat or opossum?