Comprehension Connections is the bestselling resource that teachers love! Tanny McGregor uses real-life objects in surprising ways to make abstract. Comprehension Connections has ratings and 51 reviews. Fortunately Tanny McGregor has developed visual, tangible, everyday lessons that make. Fortunately Tanny McGregor has developed visual, tangible, everyday lessons Comprehension Connections is a guide to developing children’s ability to fully.

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Inferring, questioning, determining importance. Fortunately Tanny McGregor has developed visual, tangible, twnny lessons that make abstract thinking concrete and that can help every child in your classroom make more effective use of reading comprehension strategies.

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Tanny McGregor’s book brims with ideas, lessons, and projects that make abstract thinking visible and concrete for our kids, so they can undestand their thinking and think to undestand. The strategies described in this book are not merely reading strategies; they are thinking strategies. If we teach thinking strateges out of text before teaching them within, our kids just may have a more seamless tansition as they use and apply strategies flexibly in their reading.

After I finished my earlier January 4th blog entry, I began googling “comprehension” as I so often do to see where it would lead me.

So that’s how I spent the rest of the afternoon I know it sounds crazy but the ideas are actually quite clever, and I can see how they would be helpful to students. So, in light of my mcgregof expressed in my earlier blog that we’re making kids work conenctions hard by keeping ideas and information abstract, is this find serendipitous or what? I’m using concrete objects to craft ‘launching lessons’; lessons that unleash new paths of thinking, lessons that support lots of student-to-student talk, lessons that can be referred to again and again, lessons that kids will remember and think about long after the school day is through.


Comprehension Connections has a constellation of qualities that makes it mctregor perfect choice for a professional book club book, especially a first book club of the year. This book is so amazing.

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I have a large plastic container filled with every idea from the book. Comprehension Connections by Tanny McGregor was a turning point in my strategy teaching. Today we looked at paintings by Vermeer to practice our questioning skills, amazing questions from kids who a few days ago were asking the most literal questions.

It has made the lessons in the other great books mentioned so much easier because the preteaching of the strategy in concrete ways made the more abstract lessons possible. As you can tell I love this book and tell the teachers I work with I would replace this book if someone “borrowed” it from me.

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Okay I’ll stop gushing now. I love that Tanny uses wordless picture books to begin the process for strategy work. A reading coach told us Comprehension Connections in her top five of must have books; me too!

The anchor or wall charts are included as pictures, most of the high-interest lesson activities have multiple options for a lesson and analogy. For example, you can teach determining importance by straining noodles from a pan, showing what’s in your purse or using a flashlight in a dark room and link the concrete experience to an analogy. Chants or songs are also a part of learning the strategies. Last year as a literacy coach I began using Tanny McGregor’s book Comprehension Connections, which teaches students about metacognition.

I used all of her suggestions, which I felt were wonderful! As I presented those lessons, I began using Level E, F, and G books so that students would be able to focus on the process. It was unbelievable how well students were able to understand and apply their new learning to such easy levels of reading.


It was such an easy way to introduce those processing skills, that by the time it came for students to transfer what they had learned to their on-grade-level reading, it was a successful process for a lot of the students. In Comprehension ConnectionsMcGregor has produced an applied text that provides educators with plausible examples and motivation for developing reading curriculum plans that may help students along the pathway to becoming strategic thinkers.

I borrowed this book a year ago from a friend and never returned it. This book breaks down each comprehension strategy and includes practical and easy ways to explain them to children. I also found it helpful when explaining the strategies to parents via my classroom newsletter.

Shop Create Account Log In. Comprehension Connections makes the comprehension process achievable, accessible, and incremental.

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Paperback In Stock List Price: Her lessons build comprehenion between the concrete and the abstract by incorporating writing, discussion, song, art, and movement into a web of creative connections that reinforce each strategy on a variety of levels.

Many students struggle to understand what it is they are supposed to do as they learn to read strategically. Help them make connections to the ideas behind reading and watch as your readers go deeper into texts than ever before.