One of the things I love about Daily 5 is that it doesn't cute-sy up the vocabulary (i.e. stamina), and Comprehension Connections is the same way. After one week of using these lessons my kids understand and use the terms metacognition and schema. I also love the anchor charts in these lessons. I forgot to take pictures of the charts I made with my class so here are a few I found via Pinterest:
For our whole-group mini lesson today my ESOL teacher and I team taught the Thought Bubble lesson. This week has been all about revealing what readers are thinking while reading text. Later during Daily 5, I caught these two lovebugs recreating the experience as they did Read to Someone (P.S. - this day was Pajama day). I couldn't resist snapping their photo. I'm thinking about replacing the "Checks for Understanding" with smaller versions of the thought bubbles.
I've only used the first two chapters with my kids so far and I can't wait to see how they take to some more lessons. Lately I've felt that my class has lost some excitement and urgency during Daily 5, and Comprehension Connections is giving us all a new way to think about reading. I hope you check this book out and let me know what you think!