I have been teaching for many years in grades K-3. I’ve always used composition books to record my students’ reading and writing thinking. In the past, I’ve not so neatly, glued graphic organizers and activities into notebooks. It was a great way of showing progress throughout the year. Now, I’ve seen so many wonderful examples of interactive notebooks and graphics for interactive notebooks that I just couldn’t resist turning some of my old favorite graphic organizers for comprehension strategies into a more “interactive” style! I’m jumping on the bandwagon!
Making connections is very important for good readers. I tell my students that good readers are constantly making connections while they read. They relate to the characters, events and situations. In this way, they become “wide awake and active readers!” Explicitly teaching our young readers how to connect to stories is important. This packet can be used as activities in guided reading, whole group mini-lessons, or reading conferences. I’ve made graphic organizers for Self-to-Text, Text-to-Text, and World-to Text connections.
Included in this pack are interactive graphic organizers to include:
-Making Connection Sentence Stem Staggered Book
-Making Connections Before, During, and After Reading Trifold
-Self to Text Connection Bookfold
-Text-to-Text Connection Interlock
-Text-to-Text Connection Venn Diagram
-Character Connection Trifold
-Text-to-Text Character Connection Shutter Fold
-World-to-Text Connection Circle Top Flip Book
I've also included all of the above graphic organizers for making connections in a non-interactive format as well!
Have fun learning about your students' connections!
Happy Reading and Writing!