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Spend a productive hour in the classroom as your scholars develop their context clues skills by working with short newspaper or magazine articles. The exercise introduces these skills and allows time to practice and discuss the strategies that need to be taken in identifying the context of words in question. Practice begins with articles that are provided by the teacher and learners practice the newly learned context procedure. Modify the instructional activity with short fiction pieces and practice context clues in other genres of writing.
Demonstrate strategies used to interpret the meaning of new words. In pairs, pupils create a poster for each word on the vocabulary list. They include the definitions, parts of speech, a picture, and a sentence with each word. Then they share their poster and word analysis with the class.
Sick to death of reading papers loaded with trite expressions and over-used words? Here’s an activity that will enliven your reading and animate the vocabulary of your young learners. Laminate on a paper tombstone a short list of “dead” (banned or over-used) words. Distribute these lists to groups who must then find five synonyms for each word. The tombstones, surrounded by synonyms, are then posted around the classroom, available for writers to use to give life to their creations. A banned word list and a sample essay, with lively lexica, are included.
Determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. Applicable to grades four through eight, the activity prompts readers to read a newspaper or magazine article to pick out unfamiliar words and use context clues to determine the word's meaning. They share their findings with the class.
Elementary schoolers use parts of words to fill in the blanks to develop the full spelling of new words. This challenges them to finish spelling words. They also practice the skill of recognizing prefixes and suffixes. The words are used to help spellers predict the events of a story that is read in class.
Poetry is everywhere even when it is found in the words of picture books designed for young children. Your young poets continue their development in using and identifying literary devices, and the basic elements of story as they read and explore the words in storytelling. The first instructional activity demonstrates how to find poetry in picture books and progresses into small group collaboration where they search for the literary elements that create found poetry. The instructional activity concludes with the development of a rubric and poetry creation. You can also alot time for presentations of the final product.
First graders listen as they are read a book containing exmaples of word families, they listen for rhyming words. They focus on word families, words that have rhyming sounds and share the same spelling patterns. Pupils work in small groups, each group is given a copy of the ryyming text and some sticky notes. They read the text and identify and write words that form word family groups, using one sticky note for each word.
Discover the Virtual Thesaurus with your class. They use the Virtual Thesaurus to assist them in an inquiry-based approach to discovering the meanings of some common Latin and Greek roots. Each child then teaches a particular root and related vocabulary words to another group of learners through a jigsaw exercise.
Teams practice decoding and using context strategies to determine the meanings of unfamiliar words. After verifying the meanings of words through the use of dictionaries, the Internet, thesauruses, and other sources, learners write the new vocabulary words in complete sentences.