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1 Original Lesson Plan and Resource Format Making Connections with Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish Grade Level: 2 Guided Reading Level: L Lesson Plan Reader s Notebook Worksheet Teach With the Books You Love ReadingComprehensionLessons.com

2 MAKING CONNECTIONS Amelia Bedelia By Peggy Parish Thinking through Reading ReadingComprehensionLessons.com SUMMARY Amelia Bedelia is the story of a loveable maid who is easily confused. Amelia Bedelia works for Mr. and Mrs. Rogers who often give her long lists of chores to complete. Unfortunately Amelia Bedelia takes things literally, which means that she does exactly what the words on the list of chores tell her to do. For example, one of Amelia Bedelia s chores is to draw the drapes, which means close the drapes. Instead of closing the drapes, Amelia Bedelia takes out a piece of paper and draws a picture of the drapes. Follow Amelia Bedelia as she mixes up one chore after another. LINK TO WHAT YOU KNOW Think of a time when you misunderstood directions. What did you do? A homonym is a set or words that sound alike but have different meanings. Name some homonyms. Think of some chores that you are responsible for. What is your favorite chore? What is your least favorite chore? Read Amelia Bedelia once from beginning to end. WHY DO READERS MAKE CONNECTIONS? Readers make connections to better understand a text. There are three types of connections that readers make.. The first type of connection is a text to self connection. When a reader makes a text to self connection, they compare the characters or events in the book to their own lives. This helps the reader to understand how a Important Words to Know and Understand Fade To lose brightness, loudness, or brilliance over time character might be feeling or what they might be thinking. This also helps the reader to better understand the events, problems and solutions within a book. The second type of connection readers make is a text to text connection. When a reader makes a text to text connection, they compare the characters and events in a book to another book that they have read. This helps the reader to predict what might happen next in the book based on what they know about other books. The third type of connection readers make is a text to world connection. When a reader makes a text to world connection, they compare the characters and events in the book to something that has happened in the real world. This helps the reader to understand the characters actions or the sequence of events within a book. Have fun thinking through reading!

3 . READ Read the book again and stop on the following pages. Think about the characters and events in the book. Do they remind you of times in your life? Do the characters and events remind you of another book you have read or something in the real world? Page 6: What connections can you make so far? Are you making text-to-self connections? Page 10: What connections can you make so far? Are you making text-to-text connections? Page 16: What connections can you make so far? Are you making text-to-world connections? Page 27: What connections can you make so far? What kind of connections did you make the most while reading this book? THINK Think about the connections that you made while reading the book. Which types of connections did you use the most? TALK Talk to the person who read this book with you. Explain how you made connections while reading this book. Talk about the parts that reminded you of something in your own life. Talk about the parts that reminded you of other books or about things in the real world. REFLECT Readers always reflect on what they read. They think about the following: What were the most important parts to remember in Amelia Bedelia? Why are the parts you chose most important? How did you connect this book to other things that you know? Tips for Making Connections When you make a connection with a book, it is helpful to think things that the book reminds you of. The things you think of will help you understand and enjoy the book more because you will able to add on to what you already know using the new information in the book. WRITE Turn to the Making Connections section in your notebook and write about the work you did while reading Amelia Bedelia.

4 MAKING CONNECTIONS Think about the book. What does this book remind you of? Can you connect a part of this book to something that has happened in your life? Draw a picture of your connection. AMELIA BEDELIA Write a sentence about your picture.

5 New Lesson Plan and Resource Format Teach With the Books You Love ReadingComprehensionLessons.com

6 Anchor Lesson Making Connections with Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish Grade Level: 2 Guided Reading Level: L Lesson Plan Anchor Chart Independent Practice Resource Assessment Assessment Rubrics Teach With the Books You Love ReadingComprehensionLessons.com

7 Making Connections Anchor Lesson Plan Amelia Bedelia By: Peggy Parish Grade Level: 2 Guided Reading Level: L Introduce the Text Gather students Introduce the text. You might say: Amelia Bedelia is the story of a housemaid who is easily confused. Amelia Bedelia works for Mr. and Mrs. Rogers who often give her long lists of chores to complete. Unfortunately Amelia Bedelia takes things literally, which means that she does exactly what the words on the list of chores tell her to do. For example, one of Amelia Bedelia s chores is to draw the drapes, which means close the drapes. But instead of closing the drapes, Amelia takes out a piece of paper and draws a picture of the drapes. Activate Schema Build background knowledge for the text using the following prompts: Think of a time when you misunderstood directions. What did you do? The word stamp has more than one meaning. It can mean the object that is placed on a letter before mailing or it can mean to squash something. What other words can you think of that have more than one meaning? Think of some chores that you are responsible for. What is your favorite chore? What is your least favorite chore? Read the Text It s recommended that you read the entire text prior to introducing new strategy work. That way the children will already be familiar with the story and can focus on the comprehension strategy, rather than the characters and events. Depending on time and attention, you may want to break at this point and revisit the text later to begin strategy work. Set a Purpose for Reading Draw students attention to the Making Connections Poster Explain that making connections will help them to become better readers. When readers connect the people, places, and events in books to something that they already understand they are able to better understand the new text that they read. Review each of the 3 types of connections that readers make. Tell the students that they will be working to make connections while reading Amelia Bedelia. Ensure that the poster is visible throughout the lesson.... Materials Checklist Amelia Bedelia Making Connections Poster Copies of the Making Connections Bookmarks Copies of the Formative Assessment: I Can Make Connections (optional) Teach With the Books You Love ReadingComprehensionLessons.com

8 Making Connections Anchor Lesson Plan Amelia Bedelia By: Peggy Parish Grade Level: 2 Guided Reading Level: L Guided Strategy Work Begin to read the book Stop on page 4. Model how to make a connection while reading. You might say: I have a connection that I can make on this page. I can make a text to self connection. I am similar to Amelia Bedelia because I like to surprise people with thoughtful gifts like cookies and flowers. Making this connection helps me understand how Amelia must be feeling. I feel excited when I decide to surprise someone, so I think that Amelia Bedelia must feel excited too. Model how to keep track of connections while reading. Introduce the Making Connections Bookmark. You might say the following: Keeping track of my thoughts while I read is always a good idea because I can go back and review what a I was thinking. I find that reviewing the work I do as a reader helps me to better understand what I read. So I m going to write my connection on my bookmark. Write your connection on the bookmark and continue reading. (Optional: Enlarge a bookmark prior to the lesson or place under a projector to allow students to see your work.) Continue reading. Stop on page 12. Work with the students to make a connection to another text you ve read together. You might say: I m going to stop here because this part is reminding me of another connection that I can make. I think I can make a text to text connection here. I know that I ve read about characters who are creative and enjoy drawing. Can any of you think of another book we ve read with a character who is creative? Allow students to turn and talk with a partner about the other texts they can connect with. While the students are chatting, you can listen in and assist where needed. After a minute or so invite students to share the connections that they or their partner(s) were able to make. Discourage students from making empty connections (ie: Amelia Bedelia has a blue dress/brown hair, I ve see blue other characters who wear blue dresses/have brown hair in books that I ve read ) as these types of connections don t support deeper comprehension. Instead explain that connections should help you understand an emotion or an event. Connections can also help you visualize a setting. Record one of the shared text to text connections on your bookmark. Discuss how the connection helps everyone to better understand the book. Continue reading. Stop on page 16. Encourage students to think of people and events they know about in the real world. Ask the following questions to help your students think of a text to world connection: How is Amelia Bedelia like people you know in the real world? Who does she remind you of? Do you know anyone like Mr. or Mrs. Rogers? Invite students to turn and talk with a partner about their text to world connections. After a minute or so, invite students to share the connections they or their partner(s) were able to make. Record one of the text to world connections on the bookmark. Teach With the Books You Love ReadingComprehensionLessons.com

9 Making Connections Anchor Lesson Plan Amelia Bedelia By: Peggy Parish Grade Level: 2 Guided Reading Level: L Reflect Ask students to think about the reasons why making connections will help them to be better readers. Invite students to share with each other or with the group. Reinforce that readers make connections because connecting the people, places, and events in books to something that you already understand helps you to better understand the new things that you read. Set Expectations for Reading Tell students that they will begin to keep track of their connections while reading. Give each student a Making Connections Bookmark. Tell students to keep track of the connections that they make using their bookmark. Allow students to read independently. Share Student Use of the Strategy After students have had the opportunity to try making connections on their own, invite some students to share their connections with the class. Reinforce, once more, why making connections is important. Assessment Opportunity Teacher Tip Place additional bookmarks in your classroom library or in another area of your classroom so that students can continue to use Option 1: Assess one type of connection: Ask students to turn in their bookmarks. Assess student progress with the strategy and provide feedback (use the Making Connections rubric for your grade level). If students are using the strategy correctly, you can tell them to glue the bookmark into their Reader s notebook, or take it home to share with their parents. Option 2: Assess all types of connections: Distribute copies of the Formative Assessment: I Can Make Connections. Ask students to record the connections they ve made. This works best if you are familiar with the texts they are reading, so you may want to use this assessment during small group, or them to keep track of their connections after a whole group read aloud. Assess student progress with the strategy and provide feedback (use the Making Connections rubric for your grade level). Teach With the Books You Love ReadingComprehensionLessons.com

10 Make Connections Text to Self Text to Text Text to World Connect the characters or events in a book to your own life Connect the characters or events in a book to another book you ve read Connect the characters or events in a book to the real world

11 Making Connections Book Title: Text to Self Connection Text to Text Connection Text to World Connection My Connection: Why My Connection Helps Me: Understand an emotion Visualize a setting Understand an event Other Name: Making Connections Book Title: Text to Self Connection Text to Text Connection Text to World Connection My Connection: Why My Connection Helps Me: Understand an emotion Visualize a setting Understand an event Other Name: Teacher Tip Cut this note off of the bottom of the page prior to copying. Then do one or more of the following: Copy bookmarks back to back If you can t print back to back, fold paper in half and secure with a staple Encourage students to collect their Making Connections bookmarks. Then provide them with an envelope. Put the bookmarks in the envelope and glue into their Readers Notebooks. Label the envelope A Pocketful of Connections Visit our blog for examples and more ideas: ReadingComprehensionLessons.com/blog/comprehension-bookmarks

12 Student Name: Date: Making Connections Student Performance Second Grade CCS Standards: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas RL2.7 Circle the type of connection being assessed Beginning 1 Developing 2 Secure 3 Making Connections Text to Self Text to Text Student makes no connections to self, to another text, or to the world Student makes loose or vague connections to self, another text, or to the world Student makes clear and detailed connections to self, another text, or to the world Text to World Student Score: Teacher Comments: _ Student Name: Date: Making Connections Student Performance Second Grade CCS Standards: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas RL2.7 Student Score: Teacher Comments: _

13 Making Connections Comprehension Strategy Assessment Name: List the three ways a reader can make a connection Write about the connections you have made while reading. Share one example for each of the ways that a reader can make a connection 1. Text to Book Title: 2. Text to Book Title: 3. Text to Book Title: My Connection: My Connection: My Connection: How the Connection Helped Me: How the Connection Helped Me: How the Connection Helped Me:

14 Student Name: Date: Making Connections Student Performance Second Grade CCS Standards: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas RL2.7 Making Connections Beginning 1 Developing 2 Secure 3 Text to Self Student makes no connections Student makes loose or vague connections Student makes clear and detailed connections Text to Text Student makes no connections Student makes loose or vague connections Student makes clear and detailed connections Text to World Student makes no connections Student makes loose or vague connections Student makes clear and detailed connections Student Score: Teacher Comments:

15 Supporting Resources Making Connections with Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish Grade Level: 2 Guided Reading Level: L Use with Guided Reading Groups, during Reader s Workshop, at Literacy Centers, for Homework, and for Independent or Partner Practice Teach With the Books You Love ReadingComprehensionLessons.com

16 Making Connections Comprehension Strategy Amelia Bedelia By: Peggy Parish 3 Ways to Make a Connection While Reading Text to Self Connect the characters or events in a book to your own life Text to Text Connect the characters or events in a book to another book you ve read Text to World Connect the characters or events in a book to the real world Read the book. Stop on each of the pages below. Write about your connections in your notebook. Page 6: Make a text-to-self connection. Think of a time that you or someone you know baked something for dessert. How is your memory similar or different to what Amelia Bedelia did in the story? Page 14: Make a text-to-text connection. Now that you know more about Amelia Bedelia, think of other characters or events that you ve read about in other books. How is Amelia Bedelia like other books that you ve read? Page 20: Make a text-to-world connection. What do you notice about Mr. and Mrs. Rogers? Do they remind you of people you ve seen in the real world? How are they like real people that you ve seen? Page 27: What other connections can you make? Is it a text-to-self, textto-text, or text-to-world connection? How do you know?

17 Making Connections Comprehension Strategy Amelia Bedelia By: Peggy Parish Name: Draw a picture of a connection that you made while reading Amelia Bedelia. Write a sentence describing your connection under your picture. Share your picture with someone

18 Amelia Bedelia Text to Self Connection Page 6 Amelia Bedelia Text to Text Connection Page 14 Amelia Bedelia Text to World Connection Page 20 Amelia Bedelia Page

19 Bedelia Connections Glue Glue Glue Glue Glue Glue Glue Glue Glue Glue Amelia Making

20 Making Connections Comprehension Strategy Extension Activity Amelia Bedelia By: Peggy Parish Write a letter to Amelia Bedelia. Tell her all about the connections that you made to her while reading about her first day of work at Mr. and Mrs. Roger s house

21 Examples Making Connections with Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish Grade Level: 2 Guided Reading Level: L Using the Bookmarks Interactive Reader s Notebook Reader s Notebook Extension Activity Teach With the Books You Love ReadingComprehensionLessons.com

22 Using the Bookmarks: After students have recorded the connections that they made while reading, you can collect them to quickly assess student progress. Then students can glue their bookmarks into their reader s notebooks to be reviewed throughout the year. Students should have enough room to glue 2 bookmarks on each page. Interactive Reader s Notebook: Encourage students to interact with the text independently. Provide them with the Making Connections strategy card and a copy of the Interactive Notebook practice page. After students have made connections to the text, they can glue the Interactive Notebook practice page into their Reader s Notebook.

23 Reader s Notebook Extension Activity: Challenge students to creatively express the connections that they made while reading Amelia Bedelia. Provide students with an envelope and a copy of the friendly letter extension activity. After students have completed their letter to Amelia Bedelia, they can glue an envelope into their Reader s Notebook where they can store the letter to review later. Teacher Tip: Provide students with smaller envelopes depending on the size of the Reader s Notebooks in your classroom. Dear Teachers, Thank you so much for taking the time to review these resources for use with Amelia Bedelia! I am passionate about using high quality children s literature to teach reading. And I want to be sure that I am providing you with the best resources possible. Please take a moment to provide me with some feedback on this resource. Your input will help me to better support you and the amazing work that you do each day. You can share your comments by going to the following: I look forward to hearing from you! Sincerely, Amy Mackenzie Creator of ReadingComprehensionLessons.com

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