What happens when your students come to a word they don't know? Some kids will stop and try to figure out the words, while others will just skip right over it and keep reading, possibly losing some of the meaning of what they are reading.
I created this because I wanted to give my students a strategy that they could use when they come across one of those words that they are unsure about.
Students fill in the word that they don't know. Sometimes authors give the meaning of the word within the sentence and sometimes they don't. So, they look for clues to help them. They use clues to try to infer the meaning from the passage.
These clues could include:
the meaning in parentheses
the meaning after a comma
the meaning in context
the meaning by reading the sentence before or after the word
Sometimes, there are no clues. Then they write none.
They copy the sentence from the passage (just so they can see it written correctly in context). If they don't feel that they have inferred the correct meaning, they can then look it up in the dictionary and write the correct meaning under that column. Then, they can illustrate it (if it's possible) to help them remember the meaning.
Then, once the chart is full, they can choose a word that they would like to make a poster about. They write the word, the sentence from the passage, and then create their own sentence. They can illustrate it in the big box, or illustrate the sentence if the word is too hard to illustrate.
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Amanda and Stacia