Making Real-Life Connections Between Words & Their Use: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Tawnya Eash

Tawnya has a master's degree in early childhood education and teaches all subjects at an elementary school.

In this lesson, you will see how you can connect to the stories you read. When you make connections between the stories you read and things in real life, it helps you become a better reader. Let's get started!

Making Connections

Do you know why skunks actually smell so bad or why giraffes have long necks? Animals have adaptations which are behaviors or characteristics that help them to survive. If you think of any other animals that have adaptions, you are trying to make a real-life connection.

Let's find out more!

Connections are a way to relate or link information. You make a real-life connection when you take information and relate it to something you have seen or done yourself. When you make real-life connections between what you already know and what you are reading, it can help you to better understand what you are reading.

The Adaptation Connection Chart shows examples of real-life connections.

Adaptation Connections Chart
Making Real-Life Connections

Making Real-Life Connections

The first connections come from the story The Adventures of Tom Sawyer written by Mark Twain.

In this story, an orphan named Tom Sawyer goes through many adventures. One time, Tom and his two friends ran away to an island and the townspeople thought Tom and his friends had drowned. Tom got word of this and wanted to sneak back into town to see for himself how sad they were.

Tom wrote Aunt Polly a note on a piece of bark so she wouldn't worry about him. Suddenly, his aunt and others arrived when Tom was leaving the note by her bed. Tom hid under her bed until she fell restlessly asleep. Tom managed to slip away and he cautiously rowed his boat ashore a mile up from the village.

Let's take a look at the meaning of the words 'adventure' and 'cautiously' from the story:

Adventure means to go on exciting journey or trip.

Cautiously means to move in a careful way.

Now, let's try to make real-life connections to these words.

Text to Self

When making connections to yourself, you want to think about things in your life you have already done or seen. Use your own experiences to find a connection.

Take 'adventure' for example. Can you think of anything you've done that relates to an adventure?

Your connections might be:

  • I went on a rafting trip with my family.
  • I like to go on outdoor hiking adventures.

How about the word 'cautiously'?

  • I cautiously helped dad hammer a nail in the swing set.
  • I cautiously skated on the ice during my performance.

You can also make connections between what you read and the world around you.

Text to World

When making connections to the world, you are relating what you are reading to what's going on around you. Take a look at the World Around You chart for some examples.

World Around You Connections
Connections to World

So, let's give it a try!

Text to world connection for 'adventure':

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