Making Connections

Reading ones, not love ones.  This is an educational blog.  I can't help you with real life stuff.  ☺

Anyway, I was thinking about real teaching stuff today.  We were driving back from the beach.  I can feel summer ending and back to school time is quickly approaching.  I think I do a good job during the year of weaving in making connections while reading.  Here are posters I put up for students to refer to during the year during book club or reader's response:

You can download these posters here.

Well, part of having a blog is about sharing.  The other part is about being reflective.  So here's the reflection part.  I feel like I need to do a better job at the beginning of the year teaching connections.  I made good use of my car time by surfing Pinterest for some inspiration.  Here's what I found.

Some great anchor charts:

Some great ideas for those "I have an Uncle named Owen!" moments:

Some great books for teaching connections:

Okay, seriously Chicks and Salsa? I've never heard of it, but I'll take a book anyway with a chicken wearing a sombrero.

And a foldable idea:

This is why (okay, one of the eight million reasons why) I love summer.  I have time for stuff to sit in my brain, think about it, and make plans for the new school year.

What are your best ideas for teaching connections?


  1. Great post! I love teaching connections! I was thinking of some new posters! Thanks a bunch!
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  2. Thanks for sharing! I enjoy teaching text connections, but feel that I can do a better job at it, especially at the beginning of the year. The posters will be a great resource. Thanks for also sharing the anchor chart ideas as well.

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  3. Great post! I am sooo into school mode, I had to figure out what you were talking about with your first sentence! I love teaching connections, but I always have to explain that I don't mean, "This story reminds me of me 'cause I have a dog and there's a dog in the story." Eventually, with lots of practice, they get it. Love it!

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  4. Love the foldable idea and posters. Thanks for sharing.
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  5. I seriously LOVE this post... Plus, you have amazing handwriting! Thanks for sharing!


  6. It says that "You can download these posters at the end of this post". I don't see where it is? Am I missing something?

    Thanks for your help!

  7. I too would like to open a link to these three well done posters, could you please send me the link?

  8. Yea...I don't see link to posters either :(

    1. The posters are fixed up now. I used to host all my pictures on Scribd before they became a pay service. You should have no problem now!


  9. I have been reading your post and tried the link to the posters because they would be a great resource and I couldn't get it to work. I am saving this post because it is very useful and I hope you finally have Chicks and Salsa! Cool book!!!