Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Text Connections

I have noticed a major trend while teaching from the new Houghton Mifflin curriculum. 
Every single lesson relates back to making connections.
 So I thought it would be nice to create a text connection writing log.
 I created a worksheet for primary levels and one for intermediate grades take your pick!
 You could use this to create a book where they can have it to use throughout the year or pass out an individual worksheet when needed. 
To download the making connections poster click HERE
Cover page for book click HERE
Primary worksheet click HERE
Intermediate worksheet click HERE

 During my student teaching Ms. Carty my classroom teacher 
mentor taught her first graders to use hand signals 
for the three text connections.
For text to text she had them fold both hands to create a book 
and say "text" to "text" while making the hand signal.
For text to self she had them again do and say the "text" 
signal and then for "self" they would 
point to themselves while saying self. 
Then for text to world she had them u
se both pointer fingers to trace a circle
 in the air while saying "world". The firsties loved it! 

I hope you can use this in your classroom. :)