Context Clues Task Cards for Grades 3-5

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3rd - 5th
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Learning to use context clues to help reading comprehension is such a critical reading skill! This comes naturally to some--but for some students, explicitly teaching how to use context clues is essential.

This set of 24 context clues task cards is perfect to use as a practice opportunity in literacy centers or to use as an instructional tool when working with students needing extra practice in this area. Cards are made with an easy-to-read font and are available in color and black and white.

The ability to read a complex text and use “context clues” to help figure out new words is a critical skill for students who are working toward reading more challenging texts. Whether you teach from the Common Core or any other set of rigorous standards, using context clues is one many tools every reader should have in their reader’s toolbox!

Watch for students trying to explain their thinking by using the right part of speech; if the missing word is an adjective, the students should be able to recognize what KIND of word needs to be fit the missing spot. Remember to model YOUR thinking when you come across tricky words in texts you share with the class as well.

Also included are several recording sheets and supplemental ideas to allow for flexibility of use. ENJOY!


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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.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.


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