Connecting the school curriculum to childrens’ prior knowledge and experiences from their home and community.


Head Start Inclusion Program
Age of Students: 3-5 years

The teacher introduces a ramp building activity by having children recall ramps they have seen at school and in the community. The teacher uses photos of ramps on their campus to assist children in making connections to their personal experiences.

Family of Fractions

Hawai‘i Public School
Grade Level: 2

The teacher uses students’ family drawings to guide a discussion on math concepts (relationships and fractions). The students explore the connection between fractions and families and then construct a math word problem together.

Story Connections

Hawai‘i Public School
Grade Level: 2

The teacher works with a small group of students to create meaningful connections to a book they read in order to better understand the story.