Monday, October 1, 2012

"I Got Skills" - Making Connections

Rainy Mondays are the absolute worst. At least my sweet boyfriend took me out for sushi! Yum, yum, yum!

Well, it's time for another post about Reading!

Yesterday I posted about teaching schema & activating prior knowledge!  Now, on to Making Connections!  

 First we made an anchor chart to explain the different types of connections. 
This is the first year I have taught Text-to-Media, but it seems like the students always have a connection to something they saw on TV or in a movie!  

Then, we practiced making connections!  Our county has a subscription to Bookflix, so one day  we read aloud a fiction book & the  next day we read the accompanying nonfiction book. I shared my connections.  and the students worked in pairs to to record their connections they made on a graphic organizer.

We also used Into the Book! How many of you LOVE that site?? I do! The Making Connections Activity is by far my favorite one to do with my class.  

Then, to assess I gave the students a short fiction & nonfiction passage.  The students used the same graphic organizer to record their connections.  

You can grab this graphic organizer for free from Google Docs!
I hope that you can use it with your kiddos when you teach Making Connections!

Click here if you want to visit my original post about the "I Got Skills" linky Party!  I'm posting the linky with this post too so it's easier for you to access! 

I hope you can link up and find some great ideas for reading!  Feel free to link up older posts too! :) 

Have a great Monday Evening!


  1. I love the idea of text to media! It gets overlooked so much and it by far might be one of the largest components, don't you think??

  2. Hey girl! I am planning on linking up to this very soon. We are working on visualizing this week!

    My Life as a Third Grade Teacher

  3. Those connections are amazing when they click, aren't they? Great organizer!

    Going Nutty!

  4. Love your post and the graphic organizer. Love that you added text to media!

  5. I love the idea of text to media, because I'm always telling kids that stories are everywhere in all different forms! Thanks for sharing your freebie :)

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad


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