So you've taught your kiddos about connecting, but how do you know if they're actually doing it? I make these charts for just about all literacy-related learning we do. Kids in our room know that writing about our thinking is just part of what we do every single day. Prior to each connecting mini-lesson, I cut down one of these charts for students to glue onto a blank page of their Thoughtful Logs (reading journals). The charts are perfect scaffolds to help students write about their thinking (metacognition!) and expand on what they are learning. They are perfect for tracking the connecting students do during both independent and guided reading. This set includes 2 different charts. The first one is intended for use in students' Thoughtful Logs to help them practice writing about their connections. Once they're used to that process, the second chart is intended for students to fill out similarly to their Thoughtful Logs but rather than going in students Thoughtful Logs, the connections are cut into strips that you can 'connect' paper-chain style to show all your class' connections! We used our paper chain to decorate the holiday tree in our room. To see more 'action shots' of how I use these charts and Thoughtful Logs in my classroom, please visit my classroom blog: http://lifein4b.blogspot.com
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Connection Charts by Leanne Bongers is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License