My neighboring teacher told me today that her class has been learning about a few kinds of connections during reading, which can include text-to-text, text-to-world, and text-to-self connections. There are probably more, but I can't remember right now.
One of her kids came up to her and it went something like this:
Student: "I made a connection during reading today."
Cheryl: "Great! What kind of connection?"
ROCK ON! I love when kids make up words and phrases. They make much more sense.