Reader's Workshop:
Strategy 1:
Making Connections


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Good readers activate their schema as they read in order to construct meaning. By teaching the process of making connections, readers learn how to pull in what they already know in order to better understand the story they are reading.

Conrad the Connector

yellow hard hat,
giant duplo blocks,

Accent: Speaks in a deep gravelly voice

Song: Making Connections

Phrase: "I make connections to understand the story better."

Teaching Points and Mentor Texts
Text to Self
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - J. Viorst
What Are You So Grumpy About? - T. Lichtenheld
Bring it back to the book (BIBB)
Show and Tell Day - A. Rockwell
Wemberly Worried - K. Henkes
Three Brave Women - C. Martin
Text to Text
.....Same author

.....Same topic

Same tale with a twist

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late - M. WIllems

My Rotten Red Headed Older Brother - P. Polacco and The Pain and the Great One - J. Blume
The Wolf Who Cried Boy - Hartman and
The Boy Who Cried Wolf

The Runaway Rice Cake - Y. Compestine and The Gingerbread Man
Text to World
The Lorax - Dr. Suess
Gleam and Glow - E. Bunting
Boxes for Katje - C. Fleming

Making Connection Song
Adapted from
Tune: La Cucaracha

Making connections, making connections
To things you already know
It’s happened to you
You read it before
It’s what you learned about the world

Making connections, making connections
To things you already know
It’s text to self
It’s text to text
Or what you’ve learned about the world
Cha, cha, cha

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