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Adrienne

Gear

Connect
Reading Power Bundle #1
Included in this bundle are many variations of
reproducible templates for supporting and
practicing the strategy of making connections
using both fiction and nonfiction texts. Also
included are: the Connect song, Connect
information page for Parents, Home Reading
Sheet, Connect bookmark, connect rubrics and
report card comments.

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Lets Connect!

In the story....

This reminds me of....

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Quick and Deep-Thinking CONNECTIONS

My quick CONNECTION

My deep-thinking CONNECTION...

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MAKING CONNECTIONS
CONNECT CODES: T-S (Text-to-Self) T-T (Text-to-Text) T-W (Text-to-World)

T-S (Text-to-Self)
This book reminds
me of myself

T-T (Text-to-Text)
This book reminds me of another
book

T-W (Text-to-World)
This book reminds me of
something I know about the
world

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Connecting to
A character in the story

a place in the story

an event in the story

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a feeling in the story

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The KNEW NEW Connection

I already KNEW this

This is NEW to me

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KNEW-NEW Part TWO!


Now I know (write everything you know and knew together!)

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Brain Pockets
Our brains are the storage place for thinking. Thinking is organized into three places in our
brains called Brain Pockets. Memories and experiences are stored in our MEMORY
Pocket; information and knowledge is stored in our FACT Pocket and our creative thinking
is stored in our IMAGINATION Pocket. Depending on what we are reading, we can go to
different pockets to find our connections.

Memory Pocket Connection

Fact Pocket Connection

Imagination Connection

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Sketch Connections
Sketch and write a fact from the book

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Sketch and write a fact from the book

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Draw and write about your CONNECTION

This reminds me of____________________


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Draw and write about your CONNECTION

This reminds me of____________________


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Sketch Connections
In the story

This reminds me of

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Making Connections
In the story

This reminds me of

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Three Kinds of Connections


T-S = Text to Self T-T = Text to Text
Fact/Picture from the Text

T-W = Text to World


Connection to Self

This reminds me of_______________


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Fact/Picture from the Text

Connection to another book, TV, movie, etc.


This reminds me of_______________
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Fact/Picture from the Text

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Connection to the World
This reminds me of_______________
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Making Connections

This part of the story reminds me of ...


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Making Connections
Good readers make CONNECTIONS when they read. When we read a story, it
will remind us of different things people we know, places weve visited, feelings
weve had. This reminding is also called connecting.

The connections I made to this story

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The Connect Song

(to the tune of Brush Your Teeth by Raffi)

When I read a story and my brain says Hey!


This part reminds me of the other day
Its called connect dah dah dah dah dah dah
Its called connect dah dah dah dah dah dah
When I read a story and my brain says Whoa!
This part reminds me of my friend Joe
Its called connect dah dah dah dah dah dah
(repeat)
..brain says cool ..reminds me of my school
brain says look . reminds me of of another book
brain says Wow!. Reminds of of my grandpas
cow

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Connecting Assessment Rubrics


Making Connections

NY

A M

Is able to generate connections independently while


reading
Demonstrates an understanding of the difference
between quick and deep-thinking connections
Is able to make connections that enhance
understanding and are directly related to the meaning
of the text.
Is able to explain how his/her connection has helped
them understand the text better. (B.I.B.B.)

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Making Connections - Rubrics


Not Meeting

I am
unable
to make
connecti
ons to
stories I
read or
that are
read to
me.

Approaching

I am only
able to make
a quick
connection to
the story:
"That
reminds me
of my dog. I
have a dog
too."
These
connections
are often to
illustrations
and are often
not
connected to
the theme or
meaning of
the story.
My
connections
do little to
help me
understand
the story
better

Meeting

My connections
are not all
quick

Im beginning
to find
connections
that will help
me understand
the meaning of
the story a little
better.

My connections
are detailed,
but are often
re-counts of
events and do
not include
feelings or
emotion.

Fully Meeting

I can make
deeper
connections and
am able to use
my experiences
to make the
story more
meaningful.

My connections
are closely tied
to the story
(BIBB)

The connections
are often
attached to an
emotion: "That
reminds me of
the time I felt
embarrassed
because"

I may not be
able to identify
a direct
connection but
am able to
explain an
indirect
connection: "I
can't make a
connection to this
book exactly
because I'm an only
child, but
sometimes my
cousin and I can
get into arguments
like the brothers in
this book do."

Exceeding

I am able to make
connections to any
book I am reading.

My connections are
thoughtful and
directly link to the
meaning of the
story.

I am able to use
experiences and
background
knowledge to make
these connections.

I may even connect


to other people's
experiences or other
things I've seen or
read. (T-S, T-T, TW).

I am able to
articulate how my
connection has
helped me to
understand the story
better. ("B.I.B." Bring It Back to the
story): My connection
is the feeling of being
super nervous about
doing something for the
first time. I remember
when I was pitching my
first little league game
and I was so afraid that I
was going to mess up.
This connection really
helps me understand how
nervous the character in
this book must have been
feeling when he was
performing his dance
routine for the first time."

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Connecting
Your life is a story its just not written down on paper

What is it?
Powerful readers make connections with what they are reading. When we read a
story, certain parts may remind each of us of different things. This reminding is also
called connecting. We can make connections to personal experiences, other books,
movies, or experiences in the world.

How to Connect with your children:


Choose a book to read with your child that evokes memories for you:
(example: memories of your childhood, your family, your culture, your
school days, your country)
Begin to read the book out loud with your speaking voice
Whenever something in the story reminds you of a personal experience,
stop reading and share your connection
This part of the story reminds me of ..
Continue reading the story with your speaking voice and sharing your
connections (thinking voice)
Ask your child to share their connections while you read.
It is important to remember that, just as everyones life story, memories
and personal experiences are different, connections are also different.
There is no right or wrong way to make a connection.
Model to your child how the connections you make help you to understand
the story better.

Enjoy reading and sharing connections with your child!

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Reading Power Home Reading Sheet

Good reader make CONNECTIONS while they read!

Name: _____________ Date: ______________


Title: _________________________________
Author: ________________________________
My connection:
This book reminds me of.

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My ______________s connection:
This book reminds me of.

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CONNECT
Good readers make connections when
they read! When we read a story, it
reminds each of us of different things.
When this happens, it is called making

a connection to the book.


Sometimes books can remind us of..
Memories and Experiences

Facts that you know

Other books.

Movies or television.

Things you know about the world.

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