This free making connections set of graphic organizers can be used as you encourage your children to connect what they know with what they are reading.
Making connections is a skill that good readers automatically do as they read to build schema.
By helping children focus on making connections when they are younger, you are instilling a skill that will help them become better readers as they get older.
The set of resources we have created includes a set of organizers for:
- Text-to-Self Connections
- Text-to-Text Connections
- Text-to-World Connections
Text-to-Self Connections When introducing the concept of text-to-self connections, you are working to help children connect what they are reading with their life experiences. Children are thinking – “Oh, this reminds me of when this happened…” or “This character is similar to this person in my life…”
One book we like to use when introducing making connections (specifically text-to-self connections) is an oldie but a goodie! What student can’t connect with Alexander in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? Everyone has had a day that hasn’t gone just right so it is a good book to begin with. You might also find another book that fits into your classroom and your students’ experiences.
You want to choose a book to use for modeling that will be easy for your students to connect with.
Text-to-Text Connections This type of connection occurs when a student is reading and a passage in a book reminds them of a part in another book. They might notice similarities between characters, setting, events or other parts of the story.
When you are working on text-to-text connections, you can choose two books that have obvious similarities. Again, your goal is to make it easy for students to find similarities as they are learning this skill
Text-to-World Connections A connection like this one occurs when a student connects what they are reading to an event or fact about our world.
Finally, when you begin working on text-to-world connections, choose a book that fits into a topic you have studied or connects to your school. For example, if your class is studying frogs, you might choose a book about frogs.
You can download our free graphic organizers here:
Helping Students Make Connections
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