Context Clues Foldable Activity & Worksheets with Distance Learning Option

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  1. This bundle contains 8 engaging activities you can use while teaching your students about using context clues to determine the meanings of unknown words as they read. These resources focus on the following five types of context clues:→ Definition clues→ Synonym clues→ Antonym clues→ Example clues→ I
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Teach five types of context clues with these engaging activities. The five types include: synonyms, antonyms, definition, inference, and examples.

This file contains four options:

1. Introduction to Context Clues: FOLDABLE CRAFTIVITY- This includes 15 sentences with challenging words underlined. Students use context clues to determine the meaning of the underlined words, and they write the definition in the space provided.

2. Context Clues WORKSHEET- These worksheets contain the SAME 15 sentences that are on the foldable listed above... for a very specific reason. I BEGIN with this activity when I am ready to introduce the context clues foldable activity to my students. I begin with this because I feel that my ESL students will benefit from having answer choices during this introduction phase. It is also useful for younger students who are just being introduced to context clues for the first time. After students complete and check their worksheet, they use the worksheet to complete the foldable project. Students can transfer the selected word or phrase to the blank lines on their foldable. (If you have older students or students with proficient or advanced language levels, you may choose to skip the worksheet and proceed directly to the foldable listed in #1.)

3. Introduction to Context Clues: GOOGLE SLIDES ACTIVITY- This activity is identical to the one above except that it is available on Google Slides. There is one context clue type per slide (6 slides in all when you include the title slide).

4. FOLDABLE TEMPLATE that can be used with ANY BOOK- This option is available for teachers wishing to have students record unfamiliar words they encounter as they read independently, and the context clues they used to determine the word’s meaning. I have students use this foldable when they complete their Guided Reading assignments.

This also includes an option for placing the foldable in an interactive notebook!

Check out the PREVIEW to view all four options!

I have several more items related to context clues available in my store. (Just click on the links below to take a peek!)

Context Clues Craftivity

Context Clues Powerpoint

Context Clues Worksheet Packet focusing on the 4 types of clues

Context Clues: Targeted Tri-folds

Context Clues Magnifying Glass Craftivity

Context Clues Task Cards (focusing on character trait words)

Context Clues: Partner Plays for grades 2-3 with a bonus recording sheet!

Context Clues: Partner Plays for grades 4-5 with a bonus recording sheet!

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Total Pages
16 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).


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