Context Clues Small Group Instruction: Four Trifolds | PDF and Digital |

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Deb Hanson
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3rd - 6th, Homeschool
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I use this as a way to teach and review context clues in small group. This is such an important skill and the kids love the trifolds for some reason! The short passages are perfect in length!
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Learning Objective

Students will use context clues to determine the meanings of unfamiliar words.


These four print-and-go trifolds target the skill of using context clues to identify the meaning of an unknown word. You can use these context clues trifolds over the course of 4 days to provide targeted instruction on this topic.

As I was creating these trifolds, I pictured myself using them with small groups of students. Specifically, I envisioned sitting around a table with a group of students who could benefit from targeted context clues instruction and who needed additional opportunities to practice identifying the meanings of unknown words. That being said, however, you can also successfully use these trifolds in a large group setting or assign them as independent work.

The context clues trifolds progress from basic to more complex. Answer keys are included, along with additional teacher notes for EACH trifold. CHECK OUT THE PREVIEW to get a good feel for what you will get if you choose to purchase this resource.

Trifold #1: The main purpose of Book #1 is to introduce students to three common types of context clues: definition clues, synonym clues, and antonym clues. Students use context clues to define the italicized word in 19 sentences.

Trifold #2: The main purpose of Book #2 is to introduce students to two more types of context clues: inference clues and example clues. On the back two panels, students are given the opportunity to use all 5 of the context clue types! In this trifold, students use context clues to define the italicized word in 22 sentences.

Trifold #3: The primary purpose for this tri-fold is to show students how context clues can often be used to identify the correct meaning of a multiple meaning word or a heteronym. The first three panels focus on multiple meaning words like "long", "smart", "band" and "spoke". Students must use context clues to determine how these words are used in the given sentences. The back two panels focus on heteronyms like "project", "wind", and "minute". Again, students learn to use context clues to determine the meaning of the heteronym in the sentence. In this trifold, students use context clues to define the italicized word in 20 sentences.

Trifold #4: The main objective for this final context clues trifold is to expose students to multiple-choice questions related to using context clues. Students will likely see questions like these on standardized tests. This trifold includes 2 fiction reading passages and 1 nonfiction reading passage. Thirteen multiple choice questions are included in this trifold. All of the questions require the use of context clues to define words that are used within the passage.

Finally, 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 resource is available in TWO FORMATS:

1. TRADITIONAL PRINTABLES- Print the PDF and distribute paper copies to your students to complete.

2. TPT EASEL ACTIVITY- With this format, an interactive layer has been added to the original PDF!** This paperless version uses text boxes so that your students can complete it on a device. You can assign it to your students via Google Drive, and they can return it to you to review. Click on the Getting Started Guide to learn more about this version of the activity!

**Please note!** I created an enhanced version of this resource that is compatible with Google Slides. It includes instructional slides not included in this particular resource. I invite you to click on this link to review that version and then determine which format is most appropriate for your classroom and intended use.

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.

Feel free to take a peek at my other trifolds! Just click on the links below!

Main Idea: Targeted Trifolds

Making Inferences: Targeted Trifolds

Plot: Targeted Trifolds

Author's Purpose: Targeted Trifolds

Theme: Targeted Trifolds

Cause and Effect: Targeted Trifolds

Citing Text Evidence: Targeted Trifolds

Writing a Nonfiction Summary: Targeted Trifolds


This resource is also included in my TRI-FOLDS BUNDLE. {CLICK HERE.}


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Teaching Duration
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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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