Vocabulary: Words in Context, Ask-Explain-List

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Engage young readers in using context clues with this collaborative vocabulary activity. In pairs, children draw from a deck of cards, with each card asking a question about a context involving a specific vocabulary word. After explaining their answers to the question, each student lists four different examples of the term. Be sure to supply them with reference materials if they can't figure out the definition independently.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create your own vocabulary words and question cards to support the specific needs of your learners
Classroom Considerations
  • Plan time to make copies and gather materials
  • A list of step-by-step directions are included with the activity
  • Activity can be adapted to address Common Core standards in any elementary grade level
  • Supplemental instruction may be required to support learners with using context clues