Book 290: Froggy Builds a Tree House and Text-to-Self Connections

Froggy Builds a Tree House book photoFroggy Builds a Tree House

by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

Froggy Builds a Tree House is one of those stories that children can relate to so well that it is perfect for a lesson on using schema or background knowledge.  Reading comprehension can be improved when children first think about the things they might know about the story, so a “book walk” through the pages of can help prepare children for the read aloud.  What do they predict the story will be about?  Have they ever done the things they see the characters in the book doing in the pictures?  Afterwards, a discussion about any text-to-self connections could be held to further story understanding.

Using schema, background knowledge, or text-to-self connections help you understand a story better, photo

Text-to-self connections might including having a brother or sister, having built a tree house or a fort with some friends, having helped with a building project, or even eating pizza.  Hopefully the children will never eat a pizza with flies on it, though!  The important thing is for children to think about how the text-to-self connection helped them understand the story.  “I eat pizza, too,” is not enough of an answer.  The test for a real text-to-self connection is to think if the story would need to be read to provide that answer.  If a child looks at a picture of pizza and comments they like pizza too, that answer could be given without reading the story.  If a child says, “We had pizza once and I didn’t like the toppings, just like the friends who didn’t want flies on their pieces,” that is a better connection.  That connection shows more understanding than simply liking pizza.

Today’s free PDF work page:  Froggy Builds a Tree House Work Page and Key free PDF

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Happy reading, Carolyn

About Carolyn Wilhelm

Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory, The Wise Owl Factory Book a Day Blog, and is web master for the Wise Owl Factory Teaching Friends blog She has an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and is a National Board Certified Teacher.
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4 Responses to Book 290: Froggy Builds a Tree House and Text-to-Self Connections

  1. Thanks for writing, Tonya. It is hard to do but better for kids if there is some discussion after some of the books. I know the pressure to read and read, though. :-) Carolyn

  2. We love the Froggy books too! I like the idea of improving reading comprehension by having the children relate to the book personally. I don’t always ask questions after reading a story since everyone just wants me to read another story! Thanks for the question ideas!

  3. Hi, Jackie, I just wrote about another Froggy book, and you made me glad I picked them. Carolyn

  4. Jackie says:

    We love the Froggy books. Such a great idea to use it for text to self connections because those books relate so well to experiences that most children have. Thanks!