Context Clues

Using context clues is an effective way to define unfamiliar words. Encourage elementary learners to look at the sentences around the word in question, with a short informative slideshow presentation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a literacy center to reinforce vocabulary skills
  • Pair with a story or informational article that has a large amount of complex words
Classroom Considerations

  • The instruction slides have a lot of text; consider using the example slides only and supplementing them with your own instructions
  • Text is blue on blue background, which might be difficult or some kids to read
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • Provides solid examples of different ways to use context clues while reading

  • Slides are plain