Context Clues Centers | 4th and 5th Grade Reading Spinner Centers

Jennifer Findley
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Do you need some engaging, low-prep, and rigorous reading centers for using context clues to define unknown words?

This reading center resource includes ten spinner centers for practicing defining words in context with informational/nonfiction text. The texts and words were carefully written to include a variety of context clues.

Click here to see the BUNDLE of Reading Spinner Centers for 4th and 5th Grade.

To “play” the center, the students will use a pencil and a paper clip to spin the spinner. The students will read the text and then spin the spinner to select a word from the text. Each time they spin the same word, they will complete a different task with that word.

1st Spin: Define the word.
2nd Spin: Write the context clues that helped define the word.
3rd Spin: Use the word in a unique sentence.

Answer keys for the centers and a recording sheet are included.

The topics included are:
History of the phrase "caught red-handed"
Features of the human ear
Macaroni and cheese
History of ketchup
Bacteria on the skin
Leonardo da Vinci
Pets in the White House
Other alphabets
How animals move

Click here to see more Engaging Reading Centers for Upper Elementary.

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Total Pages
10 Spinner Centers + Answer Keys
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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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 5 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.


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