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Context Clues

For Teachers 9th
Work on context clues with your ninth graders in this lesson, which focuses on identifying and analyzing clues to define unfamiliar words. They identify context clues in a passage to recognize words they haven't seen before, and then...
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Using Context Clues with Signal Words

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
When you come across an unfamiliar word in a text, do you skip it and move on? Practice using context clues to identify words you don't know with a thorough set of language arts lessons. The resource reinforces close reading and critical...
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Context Clues: You Be the Detective

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
A straightforward slideshow presentation explains the meaning and use of context clues when defining new words. Each slide presents an example of what context clues are, how to identify them, and how it helps reading comprehension. The...
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Context Clues

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this context clues worksheet, students identify the meaning of the bold word by using the words around it. Students complete 14 multiple choice questions.
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Using Context Clues

For Teachers 3rd
Teach your third graders how to find the meanings of words using context clues. Using this reading lesson, discuss how readers can find the meaning of a word by using the sentences around it. They then complete a worksheet in which they...
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Context Clues

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Practice context clues in your second grade class with this reading activity about penguin colonies. After reading a passage about penguins and their life cycles, young scholars define words based on their context clues. A worksheet is...
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Reading Comprehension: Context Clues

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders use context clues to help them understand unknown words. In this context clues lesson, 5th graders practice identifying context clues on a worksheet, then work with a peer to write their own story. Stories are peer edited...
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Using Context Clues

For Teachers 6th
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...
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Synonyms And Explanations As Context Clues

For Teachers 5th - 6th
In this reading worksheet, students learn to identify context clues in written articles and use them to understand the meaning of new words. Students read an article, then answer 3 questions. Then students are asked to answer 6 questions...
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Unlocking Words with Context Clues

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Solve the mystery of the missing word with a lesson on context clues. Elementary readers apply their knowledge of word meanings to informational text with unfamiliar words. They determine definitions using context clues and discuss how...
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Context Clues Vocabulary Builder Activity

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Reading comprehension improves when you can use context clues to define unfamiliar words. Help your kids practice using context clues with a worksheet that provides space for seven sentences with new words, as well as a place for kids to...
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First Crossing

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What a great way to discuss the immigrant experience in America! Learners read First Crossing, a book of short stories by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Lensey Namioka, Elsa Marston, and Minfong Ho. After reading, they engage in activities to identify...
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Context Clues, Plot Structure, Conflict, and Personal Narrative Essay

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What are the elements of a personal narrative? Get your class talking by reading "The Necklace" and "A Dangerous Game." The instructional activity focuses primarily on defining certain vocabulary terms (like context clues, plot,...
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Vocabulary (Part 2) – Context Clues

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What do you do if you find an unfamiliar word when you're reading? Practice using context clues in different ways to define new words, including restatement, cause and effect, and using examples.
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Learn New Words Using Context

For Teachers 4th - 8th
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....
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Vocabulary Instructional Routine: Multiple Meaning Words in Context

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Tackle multiple-meaning words with your youngsters using this scaffolded lesson which features a detailed script. Begin with the word shoulder, using context clues to help scholars understand the meaning. Next, they observe a second...
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Vocabulary - Words in Context

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
What do you call a rabbit with a sense of humor? A funny bunny! Beginning with a Hink Pink Think activity, pupils discover meanings of words through an engaging learning game. Next, individuals explore ways to discover word meanings in a...
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Reading in Context: The Diary of Anne Frank

For Teachers 8th
Step into the hopeful and tragic world of Anne Frank with this lesson on reading in context. After complete a variety of activities related to the first two scenes of The Diary of Anne Frank, eighth graders participate in a read aloud to...
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Context Clues

For Students 1st - 3rd
What is a pronoun? Young learners are introduced to the concept by identifying the person or thing that each pronoun represents. Each set of questions has an illustration, making the questions easy to follow. 
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Identifying Missing Words

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
How do you figure out the meaning of a word you don't know? Young readers develop skills to identifying missing words in a story using context clues. Picture clues are used to identify covered words in the story I Can’t Get My Turtle to...
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Academic Raceway 500: Vocabulary Using Context Clues

For Teachers 6th - 8th
This vocabulary skills PowerPoint presents a game to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words using context clues within a sentence. The game is based on the theme of a car race. The goal of the PowerPoint game is to finish the race...
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Using Context Clues (SMART Board)

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders discuss ways of dealing with unfamiliar words in reading. They use the SMART Board Notebook file and read the definition of a context clue. Students practice looking for synonyms, antonyms, examples experience, and...
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Archeologist

For Students 4th - 6th
Archeology is all about clues. Young explorers read an information passage about an archeologist, identify context clues in sentences, and use clues to match words with their meanings. Students write eight answers.
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Vocabulary: Multiple Meaning Words in Context

For Teachers 2nd
Learners use context clues to define words with multiple meanings. After extensive practice with their teacher, learners read through six sentences, they then identify a word with a multiple meaning, and determine its meaning based on...
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Vocabulary and Context Clues 1

For Students 5th - 7th
In this vocabulary and context clues worksheet, students examine 20 sentences looking for clues about the meanings of the boldfaced words in each. Students identify the words that define the boldfaced words by underlining them. In...
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Context Clues

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students practice identifying the meanings of unknown words using context clues. In this vocabulary lesson, students read sentences which contain an unknown words. They will use the context of the sentence to determine the meaning. 
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Using Context Clues: an Introduction

For Teachers 4th
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.
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Continued Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Text-Dependent Questions and Vivid Words and Phrases

For Teachers 3rd Standards
In the third activity 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...
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Getting to the Heart of Brown v. Board of Education

For Students 8th - 11th
You've heard it before, "The best way to develop vocabulary is to study it in context." Use this worksheet to help learners use context clues to identify unknown words. The reading selection is broken into five chunks, and it focuses on...
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Juan Verdades

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Cement comprehension skills using the strategies in this activity. After reading the story, Juan Verdades by Joe Hays, learners use context clues to answer questions, identify main ideas and details, and sequence events.
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Introducing New Vocabulary Words

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Using context clues, synonyms, antonyms, dictionaries, and original sentences, middle schoolers work through a new list of vocabulary words. A SMART board file guides them through the process of learning and reinforcing the words. After...
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Reading Chapter; Fluency and Comprehension

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Upper elementary learners read an assigned chapter of a book and learn to use context clues to strengthen their reading skills. They also look for new words during their reading, and then they share any difficult vocabulary in their...
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Hyperbole and Idiom

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Seventh graders use context clues to determine the figurative meaning of idioms and hyperboles. They practice writing idioms and hyperboles in sentences about real life situations around them. This lesson is a good way to improve variety...
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Self-Monitoring Strategies and Vocabulary Games

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Middle and high schoolers identify how to discover a word's meaning by exploring context clues and any pictures, diagrams, photographs, and charts that might be included. They continue this process with other examples and locate one on...
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Mid-Unit Assessment and Discussing Themes in Esperanza Rising: (Chapter 9: "Las Ciruelas/PLums")

For Teachers 5th Standards
Give this skills-based assessment halfway through your unit on Esperanza Rising. After a brief review, class members take the test, which asks them to show that they know how to analyze the novel independently. They are asked to...
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Tee-Ball - A Great Sport

For Students 4th - 5th
Practice finding the meaning of unknown words using context clues. First, read "Tee-Ball: A Great Sport!" Then your charges label a picture with the correct vocabulary from a provided list. To ensure they're learning the target...
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Introduce Vocabulary: Icky Bug Colors (Pallotta)

For Teachers K - 3rd
Get to know the bugs around us with emerging readers who use Jerry Pallotta's informative book Icky Bug Colors to learn vocabulary in context. Address terms before reading the text aloud, preparing kids to listen for them later. Here,...
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Deep in the Ocean

For Students 5th - 6th
The ocean is so deep; how deep have you gone? Upper elementary schoolers read the short passage (a letter) and use context clues to identify the meaning of several bolded words. Some of the words included are minute, potential, faint,...
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Bigger Than Big!

For Students 4th - 5th
What is a sequoia? Read this passage about the biggest living thing, and use context clues to learn the meanings of the words sequoia, kingdom, combination, trunk, base, distance, circumference, and estimate. Then learners label the...
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Find the Words

For Students Pre-K - K Standards
Before kids become readers, they can build foundational pre-reading skills using visual worksheets like this one. Learners examine six words with corresponding pictures, circling the words and guessing what they say. They use the images...
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Using Context

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Teams practice decoding and using context strategies to determine the meanings of unfamiliar words. After verifying the meanings of words through the use of dictionaries, the Internet, thesauruses, and other sources, learners write the...
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Context Clues Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students are introduced to four strategies of context clues. While reading, they use all four strategies in different sections of the reading to determine the meaning of words they are unfamiliar with. To end the instructional...
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Ask-Explain-List

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Engage young readers in learning to use context clues with this collaborative vocabulary activity. Working in pairs, children take turns drawing from a deck of cards, with each card asking a question about a context involving a specific...
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Multiple Meaning Words in Context

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Multiple meaning words is the focus of a lesson designed to reinforce the use of context clues. Scholars listen carefully to a variety of sentences using the words pool and cast to decide which definition best fits the context. Then,...
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The Time Machine

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Challenge your class with this instructional activity! Learners read The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, discuss context clues, identify main ideas and details, and analyze story elements. Discussion questions and activities are broken down...
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Vocabulary Practice

For Students 4th - 6th
In this vocabulary practice instructional activity, students identify context clue words. In this fill in the blank instructional activity, students write ten answers.
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Compound Words ESL 1 Beginners

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Bring vocabulary to life with this SMARTboard activity! With a list of (linked) compound words, learners combine each part of the word to complete the compound word. They then read a narrative and identify the compound words. The last...
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Main Idea, Supporting Details, and Context Clues

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this recognizing main idea and supporting details and context clues worksheet, students read a passage about "The Struggle for America" and answer multiple choice questions. Students choose 5 answers.
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The First Lesson

For Students 4th - 5th
Have you ever been in an airplane? Before readers jump into this short text, engage them with a question about airplanes or flying. Then, after they read, they use context clues to identify the meaning of several words in the text. 
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Identify the Homographs

For Students 6th - 8th
To conduct an orchestra, a conductor’s conduct must be above reproach. What fun! Light a match under your readers by having them read a series of definitions and find the homograph that matches. If middle schoolers don’t contest, you...
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"El Olivido"

For Students 7th - 12th
After teaching your class how to analyze poetry, provide them with this summative assessment. They read the poem "El Olivido" by Judith Ortiz Cofer, identifying unknown words in context, identifying the author's tone, and making...
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Eighth Grade Language Arts Worksheet B

For Students 8th Standards
This three-part instructional activity tests eighth graders' ability to identify the main idea of a passage, to use context clues to complete a sentence, as well as  to recognize correct capitalization, punctuation, and misspelled words.
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Visual Vocabulary

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students use context clues to determine an understanding for vocabulary words in texts. In this vocabulary lesson plan, students recognize linguistic features in their readings to help them to figure out words.
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It's Greek to Me!

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Use Greek roots, suffixes, and prefixes to create polysyllabic words. Readers use the dictionary to identify what the word's prefix, suffix, and root or base word mean. They define what a syllable is and how one is formed using Greek...
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Sequence, Predict, Infer: Pink and Say

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Practice sequencing with your 2nd graders via Patricia Polacco's Civil War book Pink and Say. Begin with a blindfold and a bag of mystery items. Connect their use of clues to identify what they can't see with the skill of making...
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Anticipatory Set Picture Walk

For Teachers K - 3rd
Take young learners on a picture walk! First, they will make predictions about a story, its plot, and its characters by perusing the pictures. Then, after reading, they identify supporting details and assess whether their predictions...
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Introduce Vocabulary: Dolphin's First Day (Zoehfeld)

For Teachers K - 3rd
Travel out to sea as scholars learn vocabulary in context through Kathleen Zoehfeld's informational book Dolphin's First Day. Go over the new words scholars will hear before reading: approach, coast, expert, feeble, gaze, murky, propel,...
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Introduce Vocabulary: Franklin's New Friend

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
The story Franklin's New Friend contains three tier-two vocabulary words! Your class reads the story, identifies the vocabulary words, and then works to construct their meanings. The new words are recorded either in a journal entry or on...
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Understanding Vocabulary in Their Own Terms

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Learners work in small groups with a given passage to identify unknown words. They create a list of three or four unknown vocabulary words. They finish by working to find the meanings of the words. Group learners by ability level and...
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Save the Trees

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this recognizing context clues in sentences worksheet, students read a story with bold type words, identify and match the words with their meanings. Students write five short answers.
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Computer Graphics

For Students 4th - 6th
In this identifying meanings of words in sentences activity, students read a story about computer graphics, observe the words in bold type, and use context clues to match the words with their meanings. Students write eight short answers.
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Continued Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Text-Dependent Questions and Vivid Words and Phrases

For Teachers 3rd Standards
As 3rd graders continue reading Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, they focus on the concepts of predator and prey in the fifth lesson plan of this unit. Scholars further develop their ability to answer questions using evidence from the text...
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Phonics Assessment

For Students 1st - 3rd
In this phonics assessment worksheet, students answer six multiple choice questions that focus on identifying rhyming words and context clues.
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Inferring Vocabulary Meaning

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Explore the meaning of unknown words! Read All I See with your class, having them complete the inference chart provided while reading. They select unknown words, guess their meanings, and identify what other words or pictures helped them...
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Roots Worksheet #3

For Students 7th - 9th
How many roots can your class identify? Seven activities help learners review Latin roots with matching, fill in the blank, and a crossword puzzle. This activity would be a great homework assignment for multiple days, or a lesson for a...
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Reading Comprehension 5: Level 9

For Students 8th - 10th
The piranha is the subject of a reading passage that is sure to engage your learners in a reading comprehension exercise. Pupils must employ multiple strategies to answer the questions based on the passage. Of particular value is the...
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Creating with Clues

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore contextual clues and affixes. In this understanding meaning lesson plan, 12th graders use dictionaries to verify word meanings. Students write paragraphs using unfamiliar words. Students create their own word...
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Using Root Words as Clues

For Students 4th Standards
Delve deep into a Greek roots study with this graphic organizer. Scholars identify and define everyday words that are made from the Greek roots ast, bio, geo, and graph. 
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Guided Reading Organizer for Chain Reaction

For Teachers 10th - 12th
The class uses Chain Reaction, a magazine, to build a better understanding of Latin and Greek roots found in scientific vocabulary. They use two attached worksheets to help them read a scientific article, using visual clues and their...
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What I Read, Acrostic Style

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders use phonemic awareness to breakdown unfamiliar words. They use context clues to figure out the meanings of unknown words and they use the dictionary to figure out the meanings in the text.
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Unlocking New Words: Partner Presentations

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Following extensive modeling about how to apply word analysis and vocabulary skills to learn new words, partner teams create brief word presentations to teach new vocabulary to the class. Preselect words from upcoming social studies,...
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Mrs. McWilliams and the Lightning (1880)

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Dress up to catch the class's attention before reading a silly story aloud. Learners identify five sensory details within the story and interpret two metaphors. They then collaborate on sequencing events before retelling the story using...
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Long Live the Vikings

For Students 5th Standards
The Vikings were some of the first explorers to settle in North America. After reading about these people, their ships, culture, and treasures, fifth graders use context clues to answer questions based on the meaning of vocabulary words.
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Reading Comprehension 2: Level 8

For Students 8th Standards
Need a quick assessment of your middle schoolers' reading comprehension skills? The four questions on this quiz ask readers to identify the likely source of the article, define words based on context, and identify the main idea of the...
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Word Study Assessment

For Students 3rd - 5th
After introducing your third, fourth, and fifth graders to prefixes and suffixes, give them this two-page worksheet. Can they identify words that contain suffixes? Can they use a short passage to determine the meaning of unknown words?
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WJHC On the Air!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Strengthen your learners comprehension skills using this resource. This lesson focuses on the book WJHC On the Air! by Jane Smith Fisher and can help learners practice comprehension skills, identifying cause and effect relationships, and...
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Vocabulary in Context: Wilderness Survival

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness? A high-interest reading passage offers practical advice while incorporating vocabulary practice. Follow-up worksheets focus on skills such as defining words, making inferences, and...
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Identifying Adverbs IV

For Students 2nd - 3rd Standards
What a mess! Read about Lilly-Ann's birthday cupcake surprise and work on grammar skills at the same time. Four lengthy paragraphs provide kids with many opportunities to find and circle adverbs. They note the ways that adverbs come in...
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Minibeasts and Reading Strategies

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore reading strategies through roleplaying. In this reading lesson, 4th graders read Wings, Stings, and Wiggly Things by Martin Jenkins. Student groups pretend to be a law firm and identify words as their evidence to...
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Helping Words

For Students 1st - 2nd
In this context clues worksheet, students identify each picture and write the word that identifies the picture using context clues. Students complete 5 examples.
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Meaning Maker

For Students 1st - 5th Standards
Support children with finding meaning in unknown words using this simple graphic organizer. While reading a piece of writing, students identify words they are unfamiliar with, using context clues and reference materials to find and...
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Mini-Lesson Planning for Inferences

For Students 4th - 7th Standards
Making inferences and drawing conclusions is a key component to successful active reading. Encourage your class to use context clues and prior knowledge to infer different elements of a story, including the setting, plot, and character...
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Knowledge of Idioms

For Teachers 6th - 8th
What is an idiom, and why is it necessary that we know and understand them? This brief PowerPoint helps answer these questions by looking at examples and offering a strategy for reading new text that might contain an idiom. The final...
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Tennis, Anyone?

For Students 4th - 6th
Recognizing context clues helps learners understand word meaning. After reading information about the game of tennis, they identify the meanings of bold type words in sentences and use them to label drawings, write short answers, and...
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Identify Words Using Picture Clues

For Students K - 1st
In this picture clues worksheet, students identify the picture and write the word that goes with the picture. Students complete 5 exercises.
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Learn new words using context

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Spend a productive hour in the classroom as your scholars develop their context clues skills by working with short newspaper or magazine articles. The exercise introduces these skills and allows time to practice and discuss the...
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Homograph Exercises

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this recognizing meanings and usages of homophones/ homographs worksheet, learners read sentences containing both homophones and a definition and underline the word in the sentence that matches the definition. Students identify 10...
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Using Context--Antonyms

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this antonyms learning exercise, learners read two short passages and determine which word in each paragraph is an antonym of complete, before, same, against and loser.
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Name That Phrase

For Teachers 5th
Students identify the American language, how it has changed and effected culture, and become familiar with idioms. In this American language lesson, students study the eight parts of speech, identify literal and figurative speech, study...
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In the Wake of Magellan!

For Students 4th - 5th
Who is James Cook? Readers will learn all about Magellan and Cook's famous trip as they read "In the Wake of Magellan!" The reading passage is followed by two activities: one requires learners to match vocabulary words to their visual...
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Lesson Plan for Day Two Part One of Unit on Bless Me, Ultima

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders prepare to read Bless Me, Ultima as they study the Southwestern region of the United States. They examine the characters, setting, and culture by using context clues, and participate in a jigsaw activity.
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Hey Classmates! Let's Get to Know One Another!

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Two word puzzles encourage collaboration among learners. One sheet has numbers and initials that show a relationship and the other has pictorial images that represent a phrase. Partners cooperate in order to develop functional working...
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Definition Context Clues

For Students 7th - 10th
Model for young readers how to recognize definition clues and how to use these clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. Then distribute this worksheet that offers them an opportunity to practice recognizing the clues and...
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Hoot: Vocabulary Squares

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Study the vocabulary from Carl Hiaasen's Hoot with an activity featuring synonyms and antonyms. Kids fill in a graphic organizer for each word, prompting critical thinking as they find additional ways to put the word into context.
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Identifying Author’s Purpose in a Newspaper

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Between news articles, editorials, and comic strips, many different types of writing are presented to readers in a newspaper. The first lesson in this series helps children make sense of all this information by teaching them the key...
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Vocabulary Collage

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Demonstrate strategies used to interpret the meaning of new words. In pairs, pupils create a poster for each word on the vocabulary list. They include the definitions, parts of speech, a picture, and a sentence with each word. Then they...
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Beowulf: Songs of Ancient Heroes

For Teachers 12th
Introduce your class to epic heroes with these activities for Beowulf. After watching a video clip, taking notes on heroes, and tracking characteristics of heroism throughout Beowulf, class members retell an episode of Beowulf using a...
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Analysis of Speeches: Task 2 Day 7-8

For Teachers 6th Standards
In small groups or pairs, learners listen to or view a JFK speech on civil rights. They highlight three key points made in the speech and compare those points to three key points made in an MLK speech on the same topic. This lesson...
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Vocabulary Activity

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Elementary schoolers use parts of words to fill in the blanks to develop the full spelling of new words. This challenges them to finish spelling words. They also practice the skill of recognizing prefixes and suffixes. The words are used...
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Context Clues: Synonyms and Antonyms

For Students 2nd - 4th
Formatted as if it were in a standardized test, this worksheet provides learners with basic practice identifying synonyms and antonyms. There are only three short sections, so this could also serve as a quick formal assessment. 
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Defining Moments

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders use context clues to define words. In this language arts lesson, 7th graders engage in a class discussion regarding how we determine the meaning of words that we aren't familiar with. Then, students complete a very good...
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Miracle Machines

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this word meanings in context activity, students read the passage about medicine and think about the meanings of the words technology, infection, radiologist, and organs. Students then label the drawing with the correct vocabulary...
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Lesson 5: Red Herrings

For Teachers 6th Standards
A red herring isn't just a fish! Identify the clues that an author makes in a book to mislead the reader and make predictions accordingly. Have your class discuss how it feels to be tricked as a reader and about making wrong predictions....
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Riddles Rule

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine words with multiple meanings. In this homonym lesson, 4th graders identify words that sound the same and define their meanings. Students create riddles using the homonyms they have learned.
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The Sun Is a Star!

For Students 4th - 5th
Wait, the sun is a star and not a planet? Read this passage with your fourth and fifth graders and have them complete the two pages that follow. The first has learners label the parts of the sun, and the second exercise has learners...
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Context Clues

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Students practice expanding their vocabulary by defining words based on the context of the sentence they are in.  In this grammar lesson, students define the words homograph and homophone and give examples of each.  Students collaborate...
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All Beauty and No Brains

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this word meanings in context worksheet, students read the passage about jellyfish and think about the meanings of the words design, female, common, jellyfish, diameter, tentacles, plankton, and creatures. Students then label the...
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Using New Vocabulary in Context

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders analyze new vocabulary from a narrative. For this vocabulary lesson, 6th graders read a narrative and create a paragraph as a group using words from the text. Students then create another paragraph using the vocabulary...
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Whole Language Reading: Pumpkin Pie Baking Activity

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Fill your classroom with the delicious aroma of freshly baked pumpkin pie using this fun language arts lesson. Beginning with a class reading of the book Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman, learners practice identifying rhyming words, making...
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Reading Comprehension 7: Level 12

For Students 9th - 12th
A passage about the changing role of home economists provides the text for a reading comprehension strategies learning exercise. Learners must summarize, draw inferences, identify the main idea, and use context clues to determine the...
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40 Intriguing Photos to Make Students Think

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What's going on in this picture? That's the question posed to viewers of a 40-image slide show of photos that accompanies stories from the New York Times. Without captions or context clues, individuals use their close readings skills and...
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Vocabulary: Human Rights

For Teachers 5th Standards
Your class continues to explore the history of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In addition to learning about the background of this text, learners work on the skill of identifying and understanding key academic vocabulary....
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Close Reading: The Introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

For Teachers 5th Standards
As part of a group of lessons, your class will return to the primary text for this unit, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Key vocabulary as well as close reading strategies continue to be the focus skills; however, this lesson...
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Identifying Descriptive Writing Techniques

For Teachers 6th - 12th
How do authors make stories so great? With figures of speech and descriptive language, of course. Young readers identify the techniques that specific authors use to enhance their written descriptions. The site Writesville is used to...
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Slavery Past and Present

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Research characteristics of slavery during the 19th century by reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Also view several informational texts, pictures, story illustrations, and primary source documents. Pupils write an expository...
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Identifying Unknown Vocabulary, Analyzing Political Cartoons, Womens' Suffrage, and the Civil War

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders analyze political cartoons. In this womens' suffrage and the Civil War lesson, 6th graders decode vocabulary while viewing political cartoons. Students use context clues from the images and predict meaning. Students record...
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In Danger of Extinction

For Students 2nd - 3rd Standards
What happens when a species becomes extinct? Sharpen your reading skills with a passage about how koalas have gotten close to being an endangered species.
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End of Unit 1 Assessment: Close Reading and Powerful Note-Taking on My Own

For Teachers 3rd Standards
As the final lesson plan in a larger beginning-of-the-year unit to establish routines and teach close reading skills, this plan is designed as an assessment piece. Using the story, The Librarian of Basra, learners independently complete...
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Figurative Language

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Follow a scaffolded routine to reinforce the concept of figurative language. With a read-aloud of Once in a Blue Moon by Nicola Morgan, class members observe how to identify personification and idioms, chart phrases and meanings, then...
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Word Meanings From Context--Synonyms

For Students 2nd - 4th
In this synonyms worksheet, students look at each of the five words printed in italics before each selection and use context clues to identify and underline the synonym of each word.
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Number Clues

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Students practice problem solving. For this number identification lesson plan, students practice identifying numbers based on clues or characteristics given. They also work in groups to identify the clues for given numbers.
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To Kill a Mockingbird: Chapter 1 Prediction Chart

For Students 7th - 12th
Readers of To Kill A Mockingbird use context clues and narrator comments in Chapter One of Harper Lee’s classic novel to predict the impact of characters and setting on the plot and character interactions. Learners then define a list of...
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Tone and Mood

For Students 8th - 12th
How are mood and tone similar? Different? Help your readers understand the difference between the two with this helpful guide. On the first page, they read the definition for both tone and mood and identify words that are describe each....
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Introduce Vocabulary: Bringing the Rain to Kapiti

For Teachers K - 1st
Students listen to the story Bringing The Rain To Kapiti Plain and identify specific vocabulary words from the story. In this vocabulary lesson plan, students discover the meaning of three words from the story and examine the specific...
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Identifying Descriptive Writing Techniques

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Read through articles and work as a class to identify the techniques used by the author to develop a descriptive writing. They then work independently identifying parts of speech and figures of speech in descriptions. There is a...
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Making Inferences (1)

For Students 2nd - 5th
Provide readers with an opportunity to practice drawing inferences by giving them this worksheet. Kids identify the text and author, record a sentence they believe infers rather than directly says, and then write the deeper meaning the...
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A Soldier's View of the American Civil War

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Study and research the American Civil War in this explanatory writing lesson. Middle schoolers complete six activities to learn about the American Civil War and soldiers' views of the war. The lesson includes several options to complete...
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Stuff It!

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this word meanings in context worksheet, students read the passage about stuffed animals and think about the meanings of the words popular, spared, manufacture, huge, fabric, machine, tailor, seams. Students then label the drawing...
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Introduce Vocabulary: Everybody Cooks Rice

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Students define and use vocabulary words. In this vocabulary building literacy lesson, students listen to the book Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley after listening to the definitions of the words "delicious," "grumbling," and "gulp."...
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Phonics: Diphthongs and Vowel Digraphs

For Students 1st - 2nd
In this phonics recognition worksheet, students use a word bank to list words with vowel sounds in cow and low, identify words in context that have the vowel sound heard at the beginning of author, and identify words with the "oy" and...
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What is a Raptor?

For Teachers K - 1st
Students investigate raptors. In this raptors lesson, students view pictures of raptors and generate questions they want answered about the birds. Students list characteristics of the raptors and determine the meaning of vocabulary words...
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The Power of Words in Charlotte's Web

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
"How can a few good words save a pig's life?" Posed with this question, your ELD students explore E.B. White's Charlotte's Web in a meaningful, valuable way. By analyzing specific word choice from the book, especially the excerpts...
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Close Read: Communication and Conflict Resolution Strategies

For Teachers 4th Standards
Fourth graders practice their close reading skills with a short text on conflict resolution. Working in pairs, learners read and reread the article Smart Speak by Marilyn Cram Donahue as they identify the main idea and use context clues...
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China Quest

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Read and research information on China. Young researchers complete a knowledge hunt about China then locate and describe each location using directional words. They recognize the word meaning through context clues and application practice.
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Picture This

For Teachers K - 4th
A unique writing lesson, this plan begins with learners talking about multiculturalism in small groups. Each learner will choose a picture from a newspaper, describe it to their small group, and think about how it relates to...
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Simile and Metaphor

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Middle schoolers use context clues to find the figurative meaning of similes and metaphors in writing. They practice using figurative language to help their writing come alive. Use this activity in a lesson about poetry, figurative...
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Reading and Responding: Lesson 3

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Reinforce comprehension of informational text. This is a one-on-one lesson intended to build an internal dialogue the reader can use to boost overall comprehension. They work independently with a tutor or teacher to read a nonfiction...
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Choose the Homograph

For Students 7th - 9th
Practice homographs with this fun worksheet! Learners choose the meanings of ten homographs based on the sentence's context clues. The worksheet has a picture of bats - one flying mammal, and one used in baseball. Use this resource as a...
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Central Conflict in Eagle Song (Revisit Chapter 1, Begin Chapter 2)

For Teachers 4th Standards
While continuing to read the book Eagle Song, your class learns to cite specific details when answering questions and to use context clues when encountering unknown words. Learners begin by listening as the teacher reads aloud the first...
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My Reading Words in My Social Studies Book?

For Teachers 3rd
Connect social studies and language arts using this resource. After studying root words, have learners locate five words from their social studies book that have a prefix, suffix, or root word. This puts a new twist on practicing basic...
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Articles: Indefinite

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
When do you use a or an before a noun? What about the? Learn about indefinite and definite articles with a brief grammar presentation, which focuses on using context clues to determine proper article usage.
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ESL: World Suicide Prevention Day

For Students 6th - 10th
Help to educate your ESL students about World Suicide Prevention Day with this series of activities. Matching key phrases, completing CLOZE paragraphs, and choosing appropriate words based on context clues are just a few of the many ways...
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Find the Words

For Students Pre-K - K Standards
Pre-readers need to build a foundation of word recognition using visual worksheets like this one. They examine six simple words accompanied by pictures, circling each word. See if pupils know what each word is, using the pictures as...
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Reading Comprehension

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read sentences containing a bold word. They identify the meaning of the word by using context clues. Students complete 4 comprehension problems.
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Studying Idioms and Word Meaning

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Idioms are really confusing, but learning them will help your readers deepen their understanding of a variety of texts. This 11-slide presentation offers several examples (like "break a leg" and "mind your manners") to help readers use...
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Idiom Exercise

For Students 9th - 12th
Don't let your pupils bite off more than they can chew! Comprehending idiomatic speech can be very perplexing to language learners. Readers must use context clues, common sense, and knowledge of the connotative and denotative meanings to...
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To Kill a Mockingbird: Themes of the Novel

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Can literacy combat prejudice and provide justice? Readers are asked to identify five themes in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Included in the list of suggested responses are race, justice, literacy/illiteracy, and gender....
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Reading Comprehension 1: Level 9

For Students 8th - 10th
The Iditarod Trail and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race are the focus of a comprehension assessment. Readers must identify the main idea of the passage, draw inferences, define words using context clues, and identify the organizational...
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Text Features: Introduction to the Iroquois: The Six Nations Confederacy

For Teachers 4th Standards
Model for young readers how charts, graphs, diagrams etc., can help them interpret information found in nonfiction text.  Chapter 1 of The Iroquois: The Six Nations Confederacy provides the opportunity for direct instruction and guided...
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Compare and Contrast

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
Read about the ways that different cultures set up homes with a set of reading activities. Learners read short paragraphs that cover one or more different ideas, and answer four questions about what they have read, including whether or...
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Her Royal Deepness

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In these word meanings in context worksheets, learners read the passage about an underwater explorer, think about the meanings of the bolded words, and label the illustration of the underwater explorer with the words. Students also...
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Webbing Context Clues

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore strategies for identifying the meaning of unfamiliar words. In this vocabulary lesson, 5th graders apply a think aloud strategy for unfamiliar words. Students use context clues to identify unfamiliar words and write...
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Worksheet 7: Vocabulary Practice

For Students 5th - 7th
This instructional activity, appropriate for upper elementary and middle school, has learners identify the meaning of words in context. They distinguish between different shades of meaning. The instructional activity has seven multiple...
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Vocabulary Morphemic Elements: Make It Meaningful

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Young scholars learn to find meaning in words using affixes with a language arts activity. Working in pairs, children sort cards with sentences printed on them that include words with the prefixes mis- and pre- and the...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Water Under the Bridge"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
It's all water under the bridge! Show your language arts class how to identify and define idioms. With a video just over four minutes long, learners review the concept of figurative vs. literal language, and use context clues to...
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Money, Money, Money!

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Letter boxes and a reading activity introduce the /sh/ sound to young learners. First they hear the target sound, then they identify words that contain it, and then they manipulate letters in their letter boxes. After these activities,...
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Line Plots - EL 6.3

For Students 1st - 2nd
In this identifying action verbs worksheet, learners read rules for making past tense verbs by adding -ed, recognizing verbs that change form, and helping verbs with verbs ending in -ing, use context clues to choose the right verbs to...
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The Progressive Era: Muckrakers

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Using Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, guide your class in the process of identifying unknown terms using context clues and formulating text-based answers. The lesson plan includes a useful worksheet incorporating scaffolding questions on an...
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Mid-Unit Assessment: Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Bullfrog Life Cycle

For Teachers 3rd Standards
The sixth lesson plan in this Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle unit assesses your third graders' ability to read and understand informational text. The included assessment asks learners to take notes about the main idea and supporting details...
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The Fisherman and His Wife

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Engage conversation and explore the journey as you challenge young readers to interpret the german folktale, "The Fisherman and His Wife" written by literary brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
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Paraphrasing

For Students 4th - 6th
In this paraphrasing practice worksheet, students read a brief selection and then respond to 5 multiple choice questions regarding context clues.
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Grade 4 Reading Item Specifications

For Students 4th Standards
Is it the end of the school year and you're in need of test practice? Use a set of reading passages to challenge fourth graders to answer questions based on what they read. Some of the questions require readers to compare and contrast a...
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Inferring About Characters Based on How They Respond to Challenges (Chapter 4: "Los Higos/Figs")

For Teachers 5th Standards
How do you know what a character's personality is like if an author doesn't tell you? With a focus on character development in Esperanza Rising, pupils complete a jigsaw activity to analyze the actions of Mama, Abuelita, and Miguel. Once...
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Inferring About Characters Based on How They Respond to Challenges (Chapter 3: "Las Papayas/Papayas")

For Teachers 5th Standards
Start off your day with a quick reading comprehension quiz about chapter three of Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. After they complete the quiz, pupils participate in a discussion and look closely at the text. A strong Common Core...
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Distinguishing the Author’s Purpose

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
A big step in the development of children's reading comprehension skills is the ability to differentiate between the topic of a piece of writing and its purpose. The third lesson in this series presents learners with collections of short...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 1, Unit 2, Lesson 3

For Teachers 9th Standards
How do writers develop a central idea in a text? How can readers identify this central idea? These are the challenges class members tackle as they continue their analysis of "Letter One" from Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet.
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Meaning Map

For Students 1st - 5th Standards
Lead young learners to an understanding of new vocabulary with this series of word maps. The first of these organizers asks children to determine the definition and provide examples and descriptions of each word with the help of...
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Shared Reading - If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

For Teachers K
Students use context and picture clues and play "Detective" as they try to determine what missing/covered words might be, using the book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
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Hurricane Mitch

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students use context clues to derive meaning for unknown vocabulary.
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History Close to Home

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Learners examine primary sources as related to Nevada and the Civil War. In this United States history lesson plan, students gather and analyze various primary sources in small groups and interpret unknown vocabulary words by using...
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Mediterranean Lands: A Pilgrimage Through Time and Space

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Learners will use context clues and examine several maps to answer series of short answer questions over range of geographical topics, identify specific places, practice using GoogleEarth to compare satellite views to those produced two...
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Pronouns and Antecedents

For Students 8th - 10th
When should you use a singular antecedent to agree with a collective pronoun? Give this review sheet to your class to clear up this common grammar mistake. Twenty questions challenge young readers to identify the correct pronoun using...
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Distinguish Fact from Opinion in Passage

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Guide young readers through their literacy journey with a comprehension lesson about fact and opinion. Several passages contain statements that express both facts and opinions, and prompt second graders to answer several questions about...
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Paragraph Writing: The Role of Religion in Colonial America

For Teachers 4th Standards
Informative writing is emphasized in the standards. Help your learners reach that goal with the plan for paragraph writing outlined here. After reviewing the work from the day before and adding to their vocabulary notebooks, class...
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Hatchet: Vocabulary Strategy

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Want your class to use critical thinking when discussing vocabulary? Go beyond the dictionary with a vocabulary activity based on Gary Paulsen's Hatchet. Kids write the word in the center of a graphic organizer that also provides places...
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Artifacts 2: Artifacts in Context

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore world history by completing artifact worksheets. In this archaeology lesson, students identify the importance of finding clues when researching historical information by utilizing artifacts. Students research the...
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Homophones Lesson

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars identify homophones. In this phonics lesson, students identify several words which sound alike but have two meanings. Young scholars look through books to name several homophones and illustrate the meaning of the word.
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Introducation to Vocabulary for a Lesson about Communities

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students practice using new vocabulary they learn about communities. For this communities vocabulary lesson plan, students use synonyms, context clues, and relevant content to unlock the meaning of new vocabulary words.
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French and Family

For Teachers K - 2nd
Where is France? Interest young learners in exploring France, French language, and French culture. They identify similarities and differences between French and American families, speak the French words for family members, analyze maps,...
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James and the Giant Peach

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Here is a 19-page sample lesson that uses an interesting format. It starts with an appetizer or activity to make reading the book James and the Giant Peach fun. Then it dives into the main course or core content instruction which...
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Eek! There's a Bug in the House!

For Students 4th - 6th
In this insects terminology worksheet, students read an informational passage about insects, identify context clues for bold type words, use the words to label a drawing of insects inside a house, write an explanation of entomologist and...
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Reading And Responding: Lesson 15 Nonfiction

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine a nonfiction selection in a teacher led lesson. They examine the author's purpose for writing the selection and identify the difference between fact and opinion. The compare and contrast expository and narrative...
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Spelling Root Words

For Students 4th - 6th
After knowing the root word, can your learner identify various words that use the root word, depending on the sentences provided? Learners use context clues to complete the blanks for nine questions. 
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Maus: Bingo Vacabulary Strategy

For Teachers 10th - 12th
The definitions for unfamiliar words drawn from Art Spiegelman graphic novel memoir, Maus, provide the clues for a vocabulary bingo game. 
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Author's Purpose

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Who knew determining author's purpose could be turned into a game? Four teams compete to correctly identify the author's purpose for writing a series of passages.
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Kumeyaay Indians

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Useful for literary analysis, citing textual evidence, or summary skills, this lesson about the Kumeyaay Indians would be a good addition to your language arts class. Middle schoolers read novels and summarize the literature in their own...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "In Over One's Head"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Idioms can make readers of any level feel confused, especially if they try to take the phrases literally. Teach middle schoolers how to identify and interpret idioms with a five-minute video. The video is the last in a four-video series...
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Reading an Informational Text: "It All Started with Sputnik"

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Sputnik was one of the greatest scientific advancements of the 1950s, and this reading lesson plan does it justice. Pupils start off with pre-reading questions and a video. They then read an excerpt from an article, which is accompanied...
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A Tale of Two Men

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Theodore Roosevelt and the Marquis de Mores were both born in 1858, and both came to the Dakota territory in 1883, but they influenced the developing country of America in different ways. Elementary and middle schoolers apply written and...
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Nutrition

For Teachers 1st - 8th
Students determine which foods help keep our bodies healthy. They identify the six food groups and classify different food items into the correct categories of the food pyramid. They evaluate for one week the foods that they eat and...
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The Last Lecture: Vocabulary Self-Awareness

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Readers rate their understanding of vocabulary drawn from The Last Lecture, provide definitions, and examples of the words in context.
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Ancient Culture Contributions

For Teachers 3rd
For this Ancient Civilizations lesson, 3rd graders will analyze images of 4 different ancient civilizations. Students will guess the civilization shown and then write down 5 clues that lead them to that assertion. This lesson includes...
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Let Us Rhyme With Madeline

For Teachers K
Listen to the book Madeline, and identify rhyming words with learners as they hear them in the book. Learners will engage in a class discussion about rhyming words. After listening to Madeline, they will circle pictures of words that...
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Writing: Incorrect Usage of Grammar

For Teachers 7th Standards
Middle schoolers use Inspiration and Microsoft files to identify and correct grammatical errors and stale text in downloaded model problem solution or evaluative essays. Pairs identify the purpose, audience, and context of their prompt...
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Practicing Sight words

For Teachers K
Review sight words with readers. They will look over their sight words and come up with sentences for each of them. They also review the alphabet and identify unfamiliar words.
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Dr. Seuss lesson

For Teachers K - 2nd
Young readers identify the purposes and types of text, such as literature or information, before reading. They preview the text formats like title, headings, chapters, and table of contents. Additionally, they will learn about root...
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Teaching and Learning Through Objects

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students identify and interpret the function, usefulness or utitlity, form, beauty or aesthetics, and meaning, context or story, of objects and how they learn new skills and make things that they learn traditionally, by observation and...
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Name That Job!

For Teachers 5th Standards
Can you name the job that involves scholars, classes, and grades? If you guessed teacher, you just won a round of Name That Job! The second lesson in a five-part college and career readiness unit has career seekers team up and go head to...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 4, Unit 1, Lesson 19

For Teachers 9th Standards
Building on the previous day's discussion of the supplemental reading article "Where Sweatshops Are a Dream," class members use the provided Evaluating Argument and Evidence Tool to identify the claims and evidence Nicholas Kristof's...
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Pendemonium: The Italian Job

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Discover how to use prefixes and suffixes to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. The group views a jovial video on the topic, and then they create a chart of prefix and suffix meanings to identify the meanings of words in a social...