Are you looking for a way to strengthen and enhance student understanding of text? Encourage your students to make connections, building their comprehension—one link at a time. I have included four ways that students can make text connections: Text to Text, Text to Self, Text to World and Text to Media. Anchor cards are used for introducing and modeling connections to the class. They can then be displayed on board, pocket chart, ribbon, or frames—get creative! Students are taught the sign for making a connection. During whole group and small group instruction, students indicate with the sign when they are making a “connection” with the text. Because it is done silently, it gives the teacher the option to acknowledge the student connection with a gesture and possibly follow up later personally with the student or to ask the student to share the connection and use it as a springboard for discussion/teaching/learning. Once students are comfortable making connections on their own, introduce the bookmark/paper chain so they can transfer their thinking on to paper. Students use the bookmarks as they read—individually or small group to mark and record their connections. Connections can be recorded as text is read, or student can insert correct color of bookmark as a page holder and then continue reading. The student can write connection on the bookmark at the conclusion of the reading session. Students can make bookmarks into their own connection chains or class chains can be made. I have included a “We’re Building Better Comprehension” header/poster as well as color coded bookmarks that can be printed in colored form or you can print the black and white version on the coded color of paper. A great discussion point is to ask students which connection they are making most often—why is that? With practice and reinforcement your students will be making connections on their own and you will start seeing them make the “Connection” sign as you teach across the curriculum!