CONNECT

Helping K- 6 English learners make critical connections in school,
in the community, and in the world!

Dive into CONNECT!

Each Student Book includes 8 units. The typical unit varies slightly for grades K-2 and grades 3-6, and is reflective of the children’s age and abilities.

Color coded unit structure
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Unit Opener

  • Provides visual context for the unit theme and Big Idea
  • Includes a short activity to activate student inquiry
  • My Goals introduces learning outcomes for the unit
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Students watch the Connect to Theme video that introduces the unit theme.

Connect to the Theme

In grades K–2, the Reading section opens with Connect to the Theme. Students are introduced to the unit theme through a song or a poem, and unit vocabulary is showcased through age-appropriate illustrations.
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Students listen to a recording of the song or poem.

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Before You Read

The Before You Read section provides students with strategies that support reading comprehension.

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Vocabulary Tutorials provide practice and reinforcement.

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Video Virtual Chat activities help develop listening and speaking skills.

Reading strategy that supports comprehension
The Before You Read section for grades K–2 introduces students to a reading strategy that supports comprehension, as well as to key words found in the reading.
Vocabulary strategies introduced
For grades 3–6, an introduction to the reading activates prior knowledge and provides background information. Key words from the reading are practiced and vocabulary strategies are introduced.
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Reading

A literary or informational text is the centerpiece of each unit. Students are introduced to the text genre, preview the high-frequency words, and answer “Check In” questions for ongoing evaluation during the reading.
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Students follow along with the recording of the story, which provides models for pronunciation and fluency.

After You Read

This section provides post-reading activities that support student comprehension and retention of information from the text.

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Activities from the Student Book are available in an interactive format online.

Develop Phonemic Awareness
In grades K–2, Reread, Retell, and Reflect sections support reading comprehension and encourage students to apply their knowledge in different ways.
Identify Initial Sounds
The Apply the Reading Strategy and Discuss the Reading sections for grades 3–6 support reading comprehension and encourage students to express their ideas.

Connect to Oral Language

  • Provides opportunities for the development of listening skills and oral fluency
  • A listening passage recycles vocabulary and introduces new thematic vocabulary
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Students can play the listening passages online.

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Connect to Grammar

Each unit includes two grammar points followed by multiple practice opportunities. Explicit grammar, usage, and writing instruction are provided. Writing activities and pair/group work encourages communication.
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Animated Grammar Tutorials engage students by pairing grammar rules with fun explanations.

Connect to Content

CONNECT is based on the idea that instruction in language is not separate from the learning of content. The content sections—Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Math, Music, and Art—focus on building academic literacy.

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Students can listen to audio recordings of the content-area texts.

Develop reading skills
Connect to Language Arts content includes various genres and text elements critical to the development of reading skills.
Driven by ELD standards
Connect to Science is inquiry based and driven by ELD standards and guided by Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Social Studies
Connect to Social Studies aligns with the Ten Themes from the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS).
Mathematics
Connect to Mathematics covers content and skills aligned to grade-level standards.
Listen to and sing a popular song
Connect to Music explores ideas related to music and provides students with opportunities to listen to and sing a popular song.
Learn about art
Connect to Art offers opportunities for students to learn about different genres of art by a variety of artists from around the world.

Pulling It All Together

Each unit concludes with a Connect to Writing and Connect to Media section, where students apply what they’ve learned. They also revisit the Big Idea and apply their knowledge in a discussion.

Connect to Writing

Connect to Writing

In Connect to Writing, a student model helps students learn how to write a variety of writing styles. Process writing steps guide them to complete and present their writing assignments.

Connect to Media

Students explore an authentic short film in Connect to Media, and are encouraged to use academic language to discuss the video’s form and content.

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Students watch an authentic short film and learn to view media through a critical lens.

Connect to Media