Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Chester had his own way of doing things.  Chester’s best friend Wilson was exactly the same way.  That’s why they were best friends.  And then Lilly moved into the neighborhood…

Lesson Idea:  


Making Connections:   Read aloud Chester’s Way and discuss the text-to-self connections that you can make to the book.  This is a great model text for making connections.  Chester’s Way is also a great model text to make text-to-text connections.  There are several other Henkes books that have the same characters  that make great model texts.

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A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus by David Adler

Theme: Nonfiction Read Alouds

Strategy: Making Connections

Recommended Grades: 2nd -4th grade

A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus (Picture Book Biography) is a brief account of the life and accomplishments of Christopher Columbus.  It may be a bit primary for upper elementary students to read independently, but the information can be used to supplement a unit on Explorers or Native Americans.

Lesson Idea: Tie this biography into a unit about Explorers or Native Americans.  Consider using other biographies, journals, or letters related to Christopher Columbus and his explorations. Download a Making the Connection graphic organizer and after students have background knowledge about these topics, model how to make connections to themselves, between other texts, and/or the world.

Content Connections: A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus (Picture Book Biography) is a great book to connect to social studies units about Explorers or Native Americans.

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