Context Clues

4th - 6th
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In this context clues worksheet, students learn strategies for finding the meaning of words in written text. Students read 2 pages of clues and tips for finding word meanings while reading. Students read 3 short texts and answer 4 context clue questions for each.

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Continued Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Text-Dependent Questions and Vivid Words and Phrases

In the third lesson plan from this unit based on the book Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, learners focus on using specific details from the text-to-answer questions about the habitat of bullfrogs. While reading the text, young scholars are asked to identify vivid language used by the author and explain why they think those words and phrases were chosen. As pupils encounter new and difficult vocabulary, they practice using context clues to determine their meaning. This vocabulary skill is reinforced further as they work in groups to act out the meaning of new words from the text. An excellent combination of reading, writing, and discussion, this resource is comprehensive and includes everything you need as your class continues to investigate the world of the bullfrog.

Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Text Dependent Questions and Vivid Words and Phrases

As 3rd graders continue reading Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, they focus on the concepts of predator and prey in the fifth lesson of this unit. Scholars further develop their ability to answer questions using evidence from the text as they look at the relationship between the bullfrog and other animals in its habitat. To better understand their reading, students focus on identifying vivid language used in the book and the author's reason for choosing these unique words and phrases. Children practice using context clues to find meaning in unfamiliar vocabulary from their reading, and work in groups to act out the new words for the class. A great differentiated lesson that supports all learners as they continue to read and form understanding of this informational text.

Context Clues Worksheet (Part 1) L.6.4a

Practice using context clues to determine the meaning of words. While the words in this activity are relatively simple, they will help ease pupils into the process of using context clues. Make the activity stronger by asking class members to explain what specific clues support the meaning they have assigned to each underlined word. What is their rationale for their choice?

Context Clues Worksheet (Part 3) L.6.4a

Improve your pupils' reading comprehension by teaching them how to effectively use context clues. There are seven sentences here that contain an underlined word to define using clues. Class members can write their responses and then justify their answer, citing context clues as evidence.

Using Context Clues

Middle schoolers receive a handout that lists the five types of context clues. The class divides up into groups of three or four, and each group chooses five unfamiliar words. They write a multiple-choice question for each of their five words. The question must use the word in a sentence, and there must be four answer choices. Groups exchange their questions and try to determine the meanings of the words. Additionally, each group creates a guide to types of context clues that includes a description, and an example of each. They make an electronic presentation, poster, or brochure.

Using Context Clues: an Introduction

Fourth graders explore the concept of context clues. In this vocabulary skills lesson, 4th graders participate in a game that challenges them to learn the meaning of unknown words by using context clues.

Using Context Clues

Context clues are a vital reading skill, as well as a helpful test-taking strategy. A SMART board lesson prompts sixth graders to practice reading different writing examples, using vocabulary terms from the samples to predict what the material is about. They complete several context clue worksheets in class.

Lesson 1: Determine the Meaning of Unknown Words

Sixth graders use context clues to find the meaning of new vocabulary. In this vocabulary instructional activity, 6th graders read A Wrinkle in Time written by Madeleine L’Engle and use post its to flag words they don't know. They figure out the meaning by reading the sentence it is in and the sentences before and after. 

Determine the Meaning of Unknown Words

Sixth graders explore the meanings of unknown words in science fiction. In this language arts lesson, 6th graders participate in a game of Balderdash and guess the meanings of given words. Students discuss how to use context clues to determine the meanings of unknown words.

Using Words as a Way into Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief

Use the Visual Thesaurus to predict the subject matter of Rick Riordan's book The Lightning Thief. A pre-reading activity encourages middle schoolers to use context clues and word meaning to discover what the book is about. After they finish the activity, they read the first chapter of the book and research Olympian gods.

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