Minds On


Explore the picture below of a rainbow in the sky. What comes to mind?

A blue sky with puffy white clouds on the bottom left corner. A rainbow is reaching across the sky.
  • Have you ever noticed a rainbow before?
  • Can you recall where it was?
  • Was it real or in a book?
  • Who was you with?

What are some things that remind you of rainbows?


Myself, the world, and a book


Just as you did with the rainbow, explore the cover of this book.

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” Book Cover

This is the story of Alexander who knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in his hair. His day got even worse. His best friend wouldn’t play with him, he didn’t have a snack in his lunch, and there was kissing on TV!

How about you?

Have you ever had a bad day like Alexander did? If you have, you just made a Text-to-Self connection. You connected something that happened to you with something that happened in a book.

Share the details of your terrible day. Record your thoughts by completing the How Was Your Terrible Day? fillable document or record your thoughts in your notebook, on the computer, or using an audio clip.

How Was Your Terrible Day?

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Press the ‘Activity’ button to access How Was Your Terrible Day?


Let’s make another kind of connection. This time we will explore the book, The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds and try to think of another book that it reminds us of.

“the Word Collector” Book Cover

Some people like to collect things like buttons, rocks, or elastic bands. But Jerome is a boy who loves to collect WORDS. He collected words he heard, and words he saw, and words he read. He loved words so much that he made scrapbooks full of them. Jerome decided to use his words to write poems and songs. He realized that he shouldn’t keep all those words to himself. So, one day Jerome climbed to the top of a high hill and let all his words go into the wind. Below him he saw children picking up his words from the wind. Jerome was very happy.

This story reminds me of a book called, The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell by Candace Fleming. Just like Jerome, Joey loved to collect things. Even his parents brought things home for him. He told them that if he liked it, he would keep it.

“The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell” Book Cover

Can you think of any other book that reminds you of this story? Is this other book about words, or children, or books, or collections? You may even know more than one.

Share the story that reminds you of The Word Collector by completing the Venn Diagram in your notebook or using the following fillable and printable document.

Press the ‘Activity’ button to access Venn Diagram.


Another way that we can make connections is between a text and the world we live in. Explore the cover of the book, Recycling! It is a fun story about:

  • what we can recycle
  • who sorts it
  • what can we reuse

This reminds me of how I recycle things at school. What does it remind you of?

“Recycling” Book Cover

Student Success


If possible, with a partner, discuss the things from our world that this book reminds you of. What kinds of things remind you of recycling?

Note to teachers: See your teacher guide for collaboration tools, ideas and suggestions.


Think about your learning

Reflecting on the 3 kinds of connections; text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world

  • Which one do you like the most?
  • Why do you like that one?

Test Your Skills!

It’s your turn!

Make a poster of the kind of connection that you like to make the most. You may use paper, an audio clip, speech to text, or a method of your choice to share your ideas.

Your creation should include:

  • The type of connection
  • Illustrations
  • A sentence telling why it is your favourite kind of connection


How do you feel about what you have learned in this activity? Which of the next four sentences best matches how you are feeling about your learning? Press the button that is beside this sentence.

I feel...

Now, record your ideas about your feelings using a voice recorder, speech-to-text, or writing tool.