Context Clues task cards. 12 cards with challenging expository text featuring science content. Questions require students to engage in determining word meanings, supporting meanings with context, and determining which clues best support the meaning. Questions are aligned with CCSS, TEKS, and STAAR.
Context Clue Task Cards #1
Whooping Cranes & Migratory Fish
Quick Set 3.30
12 Expository Task Cards
12 Context Clue Questions:
--What clues best help the reader understand the meaning of [word]?
--Which words or phrases from the text best describe [word]?
--What is a synonym of [word]?
Figuring out the meaning of unknown or multiple-meaning words can be challenging for students as they try to read more complex texts. It is a critical skill for life, for academics, and for reading in general. There are several types of context clues. Some of those are examples, synonyms, antonyms, descriptions, and word parts. These task cards can be a powerful resource for modelling, practice, and reinforcing students’ abilities to use context to determine word meanings.
More than simply asking students to determine word meanings, these cards also ask students to support their thinking with evidence from the text. The tasks herein require students to engage in a layer of making inferences regarding word meaning.
The text sources correspond with Houghton Mifflin's Journeys series grade 3 level books:
- Rescuing the Whooping Crane (DRA 40).
- Fish on the Move (DRA 38)
Both of these texts are designed as “above level” 3rd grade books, which also makes them perfect for “on-level” 4th grade and “below level” 5th grade. Houghton Mifflin rates the leveled books as DRA 38 and 40, which is mid-fourth grade. However, Team Tom cards are analyzed at Lexile 950L (upper middle school) and ATOS 7.5 (mid-7th grade). Either way, these cards pose challenging texts with reachable questions for grades 3-5.
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