Making Connections in Social Studies

Hi Top Flyers!

Today I wanted to share the first reading comprehension strategy in my 6 part series on using reading comprehension strategies in the social studies classroom.  Today is all about making connections.  This is so important for our students and I hope that this content can help you in your classroom.  You can find more information on social studies interactive read alouds and reading comprehension strategies in my previous blog posts.  I will be sharing a FREE activity that you can use to practice with your students.

MAKING CONNECTIONS IN SOCIAL STUDIES

Making connections enables students to use their existing schema and background knowledge to understand the text.  Students can make text to self, text to world, and text to text connections.

QUESTIONS AND SENTENCE STEMS

These are my go-to questions and sentence stems to use to help students make connections to the text.

TEXT EXAMPLE FOR MAKING CONNECTIONS

Text: Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney

Theme: Geography

The examples include a question example and a sample response that a student may say.

EXTENSION ACTIVITY

Your students can make this All About My World flipbook.  It is great for students to make a connection to their home, city, state, country, continent, and planet. Click HERE for the FREE download!

HOW CAN I HELP MY STUDENTS TO UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF MAKING CONNECTIONS?

I recommend providing students with a visual as well as an introduction activity.

Visual: Links

The links will help students to see what it means to connect something.  You can allow students to make a chain to represent making a connection.

INTRODUCTION ACTIVITY: HUMAN DOMINOES

For human dominoes, you will let one student start.  They will say something about themselves.  For example, they can say I like red.  Anyone that has that in common can go stand beside them and connect like a human domino.  The next person will say something about themselves and this repeats to all students have formed a chain.  This activity helps students to see and understand how to make a connection.

Want to learn how to make Social Studies teaching easier for you….check out this post with my time-saving bundle to help you get started! If you have not already, sign up for the Flying into Learning Newsletter by clicking HERE! Let me know how I can help with engaging resources to help your students SOAR!

Thanks for Flying By!  

Dr. Reed

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