This Text Connection Pack is a great way to have students make text-to-text, text-to-self and text-to-world connections in the classroom. Many students require teacher prompting to make text connections.
David Goes to School Rules, David Goes to School has a self to text connection. This David Goes to School literacy unit is common core aligned. Included is build a David art activity. This David unit also contains a behavior management component. $$$
Making Connections: Comprehension strategies that good readers use when they read according to Mosaic of Thought. Many great graphic organizers like this one for making CONNECTIONS (to the character, to the setting, to the problem)
Have the students write down a text connections that they make during their independent reading time on a slip of construction paper, share, and then categorize them into the three text connections. Once categorized, connect them to create paper chains:)