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10 Anchor Charts for Teaching Students About Making Connections

Get inspired by 10 model anchor charts to help teach the reading strategy of making connections

Who doesn't love a good anchor chart?  Now - an anchor chart with a purpose?  That takes a little inspiration, and that's what this post is all about!

We all teach students about making connections at some point during the school year, so I wanted to give you some great examples of anchor charts that you can use with your own students at varying points of your instruction.

However, rather than just throw out 10 anchor charts about making connections at you without any intention, I've divided the post into three sections to help you plan your instruction on making connections:

  • Anchor charts to INTRODUCE making connections
  • Anchor charts to teach students to SHARE their connections
  • Anchor charts to help students to make DEEPER connections

Take a look!
Get inspired by 10 model anchor charts to help teach the reading strategy of making connections

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ANCHOR CHARTS TO INTRODUCE MAKING CONNECTIONS:

This one is simple, visual, and right to the point (Great for younger students just getting started!).  
simple and basic anchor chart to introduce making connections

I love how this one shows making connections as different layers.  It takes students from thinking about their own life into expanding their thinking to outside themselves (plus:  How adorable are those cute little character faces at the bottom of the chart??!!).
Schema- Connections

For older students, this one takes it one step further to include text-to-media.
Making Connections anchor chart


ANCHOR CHARTS TO HELP STUDENTS SHARE THEIR CONNECTIONS:


When getting started with teaching students how to make connections, work together as a class using a chart like the one below to have students pull out the text example and line it up with their connection.
Making Connections - Anchor Charts - My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

When students are ready to make connections on their own, this chart includes great prompts to help students put their connections into words.
great reading prompts to help students share their connections to the text

Perfect fill-in-the-blank prompts for students to structure their connections.
Text connection sentence starters to help students create connections


This on-going display would be great for students to post their connections as you work through a class read-aloud chapter book.
class chart on making connection



ANCHOR CHARTS TO HELP STUDENTS TO GO DEEPER WITH THEIR CONNECTIONS:


What a great chart to help students to check to see if they are making meaningful connections.
Help students to make meaningful connections


This chart helps students to see the difference between making surface-level connections, and deeper connections using the book Shiloh.  I love the illustrations of the "me" and "text" marbles!

Making DEEPER connections over surface-level connections

Make sure that student connections can always bring you back to the book

There you have it! 10 anchor charts - 10 steps closer to helping your students to become master connections!

Check out this post:
10 Anchor Charts to Teach Inferring


Get inspired by 10 model anchor charts to help teach the reading strategy of making connections

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