Connect Extend Challenge
Connections and Extensions

Students working in pairs or small groups can use the Connect Extend Challenge routine. Use in combination with the What makes You Say That routine to help students expand on their ideas and provide support for their Connnections and Extensions. Ask students to summarize their ideas from each of the three areas with the Headlines routine. The Questions Starts routine can also help students flesh out their puzzles from the Challenge step, and identify questions to investigate.

Encourage students to keep an ongoing list of connections, extensions and challenges about a current topic in their notebook or journal and ask them to add to it during the course of study. A class chart of conenctions extensions and challenges can also be posted on the wall in the classroom and revisited and revised as new ideas and information surface through discussions.