How to Implement the Connect Two Teaching Strategy in Your Classroom
Learners make connections between two words on a vocabulary list and explain the reason for the relationship.
- Review word meanings
- Write vocabulary on chart paper or the board.
- Read the list of words with learners.
- Ask learners to “connect two” or select two words they think may belong together, and state the reason for making the connection (e.g., “I would connect and because .”)
- Allow time for learners to make additional pairs as you circulate in the room and monitor their links.
- In the beginning, stress to learners that there are no right or wrong answers. It is okay if some words have several pairings or if learners cannot find a connection for some words.
- Allow learners to share their connections and reasons with the class.
- “Connect two” can be used as an informal assessment, as well as a way to review vocabulary.
- Challenge learners to create connections between the first word on the list and any other word on the list, justifying why they made the connection.
- Divide the list into two sections and challenge learners to make connections between any word in the first list and any word in the second list, explaining the reason for the relationship that they made.