Context Clues: Four Digital Lessons Compatible with Google Slides

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This digital context clues resource features four complete lessons. It is compatible with Google Slides. The lessons feature both instructional slides AND practice slides where students complete a task related to the instructional slides. Use these activities over the course of four days to provide targeted instruction to your students. They can be used as a large group activity, in a small group setting, OR as an engaging self-paced reading lesson.

The slides in each lesson progress from basic to more complex. Answer keys are included. CHECK OUT THE PREVIEW to see some of the slides in these lessons.

Lesson #1: Definition Clues, Synonym Clues, Antonym Clues (9 slides)

-This lesson includes three instructional slides. These three slides teach students how to look for definition clues, synonyms clues, and antonym clues within the text.

-The lesson contains five practice slides. The first one focuses on definition clues. The second one focuses on synonym clues. The third one focuses on antonym clues. The final two slides mix the three types of clues. On these practice slides, students must use context clues to define the italicized words in 19 sentences.

Lesson #2: Example Clues and Inference Clues (10 slides)

-This lesson includes three instructional slides. The first two slides teach students how to look for inference clues and example clues within the text. The third instructional slide reviews all 5 types of context clues.

-The lesson contains five practice slides. Two practice slides focus on inference clues and one focuses on example clues. The final three slides mix all five types of clues, and students must define the word AND identify the type of context clue provided by the author. On these practice slides, students must use context clues to define the italicized words in 22 sentences.

Lesson #3: Using Context Clues to Define Multiple Meaning Words & Heteronyms (9 slides)

-This lesson includes two instructional slides. These slides teach students how context clues can be used to identify the correct meaning of a multiple meaning word (like "cross") or a heteronym (like "bass").

-The lesson contains six practice slides. The first four practice slides focus on multiple meaning words like "long", "smart", "band" and "spoke". The last two practice slides focus on heteronyms like "project", "wind", and "minute". In this lesson, students use context clues to define the italicized word in 20 sentences.

Lesson #4: Putting It All Together/Test Prep (6 slides)

The main objective for this final context clues lesson is to expose students to multiple choice questions related to using context clues. Students will likely see questions like these on standardized tests. This lesson includes 2 fiction reading passages and 1 nonfiction reading passage. Thirteen multiple-choice questions are included in this lesson. All of the questions require the use of context clues to define words that are used within the passage.

Here is a partial list of the words that students will define using the context clues provided: bridle, bliss, interjecting, vexed, secede, elude, curt, purge, unkempt, interest, dejected, garbled, omnivores, swelled, crest, pare, entreat, diverged, pastel, grave, drab, profound, glower, polygon, nudge, stealthy, trivial, brawl, rash, perish, and captivity.


This digital lesson resource is an expanded version of my printable context clues trifolds. The practice activities in my printable trifolds are the same as the practice activities in these digital lessons. The main difference between the two versions is that this digital version offers complete lessons with 8 additional instructional slides that are not included in the printable tri-folds. I really want to stress the overlap to teachers who have previously purchased my context clues trifolds so that they are aware of this overlap before they purchase this expanded, alternate version.

**Check out my FREE CHARACTER TRAITS LESSON if you want to view the structure of these lessons a bit more closely.

If you're looking for additional resources to use when teaching about context clues, feel free to check out my context clues bundles!

CLICK HERE for the 4th-6th grade bundle.

CLICK HERE for the 2nd-3rd grade bundle.

Click on the following links to check out my other Digital ELA Lessons!

Figurative Language: Seven Digital Lessons

Main Idea: Four Digital Lessons

Inferences: Four Digital Lessons

Author's Purpose: Four Digital Lessons

Plot: Four Digital Lessons

Text Evidence: Four Digital Lessons

Themes: Four Digital Lessons

Summarizing Fiction: Four Digital Lessons

Summarizing Nonfiction: Four Digital Lessons

Cause and Effect: Four Digital Lessons

Digital Lesson ELA BUNDLE: ALL 11 Topics

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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, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
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).
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 figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.


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