Context Clues PowerPoint (2nd and 3rd grade)

Deb Hanson
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2nd - 3rd, Homeschool
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  1. This bundle contains several engaging activities you can use while teaching your students about using context clues to determine unknown words as they read. I focus on the following five types of context clues:DEFINITION cluesSYNONYM cluesANTONYM cluesEXAMPLES cluesINFERENCE cluesThe following item
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Learning Objective

Students will be introduced to the five common types of context clues. Students will use context clues to determine the meaning of an unknown word.


Context Clues: This is a step-by-step PowerPoint designed to introduce the 5 types of context clues to students. Each type of context clue is presented on its own slide, and contains a definition, and an example using the word "avid" in a sentence. Then, there are five practice slides, where students get to use context clues to determine the meaning of various other words, including "dotty", "vain", "sluggish", and "hastily".

The last half of the PowerPoint contains 15 multiple choice practice slides. Students read the sentence or short passage, and determine the meaning of the underlined word. Words in this section include "croon", "wilt", "dapper", and "keen".

(The slides are animated so that the answers to the questions do not appear until after the teacher clicks, indicating the class is ready to see the answer.)

The types of context clues presented include:






***A PowerPoint companion handout is also included in this file. As you advance through the PowerPoint, students can record their answers on the handout. The companion handout is available in both printable format or digital format. The digital version is compatible with Google Slides.**


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 Magnifying Glass Craftivity

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

Context Clues Worksheet Packet focusing on the 5 types of clues

Context Clues Task Cards (includes gamelike answer sheet!)

Context Clues Poster Set and Interactive Notebook Entry

**Note- most of the wording on this PowerPoint cannot be edited due to copyright restrictions. I used clip art and fonts that were created by another author, and I need to follow their "terms of use" policies.**

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Total Pages
43 pages
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Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or 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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