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Context Clues Worksheets and Passages | Determining Meaning of Unknown Words

Kim Miller
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Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
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16 pages
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Kim Miller
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Do your students struggle to use context clues in passages to determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases? This resource contains 6 different activities that help students identify context clues as they search for the meaning of unknown words and phrases found in informational text. Students are introduced to five different types of context clues including inferences, definitions, examples, antonyms, and synonyms. Using a mix of nonfiction texts, students will determine the meaning of unknown words using context clues and demonstrate their understanding of vocabulary by relating meanings to synonyms and antonyms.

Through a variety of articles and 14 pages of fun and engaging activities, students will learn how to use context clues found in informational text to effectively analyze the meaning of unknown words and phrases. Each reading passage includes a high-interest, curriculum-based topic that students will love to read and learn about - perfect for students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.

Included in this download:

  • Reference Guide - 5 Types of Context Clues (to use with each activity)
  • Activity #1: Understanding Context Clues (introduction)
  • Activity #2: Geography of the United States
  • Activity #3: Fossils: Hidden Clues from the Past
  • Activity #4: Government: Branches & Organization
  • Activity #5: The Water Cycle: Nature’s Recycling System
  • Activity #6: The Human Skeletal System
  • TpT Easel Digital Activity Option
  • Answer Keys

Each activity includes multiple-choice and open-ended questions about context clues. Students will be required to use inferences, definitions, examples, antonyms, and synonyms to find the meaning of unknown words and phrases.

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These activities are perfect for…

  • whole group lessons
  • independent desk work
  • small groups
  • literacy centers
  • morning work
  • homework
  • assessments
  • early finishers
  • sub plans

The best part?

This resource is NO PREP and easy to use! Add these activities to any unit or study on context clues. Through a variety of nonfiction texts and engaging activities, students will quickly learn how to determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases using five different types of context clues. These activities will also help your students answer common questions on standardized tests about vocabulary and word meanings.

In this one convenient resourceyou can…

•have ready-to-go activities that will help your students improve their critical thinking skills while gaining a deeper understanding of what they read

•use these pre-made activities as sub plans when you need to take a day (or week) off!

•print and go - includes everything you need to teach and reinforce context clues anytime during the year!

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Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):

RI.3.4, L.3.4, L.3.4a

RI.4.4, L.4.4, L.4.4a, L.4.4c

RI.5.4, L.5.4, L.5.4a, L.5.5c

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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

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