Have the students write down a text connections that they make during their independent reading time on a slip of construction paper, share, and then categorize them into the three text connections. Once categorized, connect them to create paper chains:)  I love the visual "connection" picture that it makes in the kids heads. -the {ART} of learning: {Text Connections}

Have the students write down a text connections that they make during their independent reading time on a slip of construction paper, share, and then categorize them into the three text connections. Once categorized, connect them to create paper chains:) I love the visual "connection" picture that it makes in the kids heads. -the {ART} of learning: {Text Connections}

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Making connections is a simple reading strategy that will help your child remember what he reads. Check out this simple lesson with a free printable!

Making connections is a simple reading strategy that will help your child remember what he reads. Check out this simple lesson with a free printable!

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These are some of my favorite books to teach making connections in the classroom. Click on over to read how I use each book to teach text to self, text to text, and text to world connections!

These are some of my favorite books to teach making connections in the classroom. Click on over to read how I use each book to teach text to self, text to text, and text to world connections!

Each of my students gets a copy of this chart to place in their reader's notebook. I hope you find it useful in your classroom to help your students make MEANINGFUL connections.

Each of my students gets a copy of this chart to place in their reader's notebook. I hope you find it useful in your classroom to help your students make MEANINGFUL connections.

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Is Your Classroom ELL-Friendly? -- great reminders for classroom teachers: visuals, graphic organizers, sentence frames, etc.

Is Your Classroom ELL-Friendly? -- great reminders for classroom teachers: visuals, graphic organizers, sentence frames, etc.

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