Context Clues

4th - 6th

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 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.

Word Detective

Turn your seventh graders into a class of detectives! They determine the meaning of unknown words by using context clues in fiction, non-fiction, newspapers, poetry, and technical manuals. Working with partners, they share examples and "teach" the word meanings to their partners.

Reading and Responding: Lesson 19

Fourth graders explore nonfiction literature. They identify the author's purpose and distinguish between fact and opinion. Students explore the differences between expository text and narrative text. They use context clues to define unfamiliar vocabulary and make inferences.

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 plan 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.

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.

Learn New Words Using Context

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.

Lesson 1: Determine the Meaning of Unknown Words

Sixth graders use context clues to find the meaning of new vocabulary. In this vocabulary lesson, 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. 

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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