Improve your students’ informational reading by targeting specific strategies for finding word meaning: using phrases set off by commas or parentheses, using context clues, using word parts, and using related words.
• Quick reference guide
• Four targeted practice worksheets
• Four mixed practice worksheets (each differentiated for three learning levels: advanced, basic, and remedial)
• Answer keys
• Generic sheet for practicing the skill with any informational text
If you’re looking for a complete unit, check out my Finding Word Meaning Unit
. It includes resources from this practice pack, lesson plans, a PowerPoint presentation to introduce the strategies, and differentiated assessment pages.
• Using Commas and Parentheses – Students locate definitions that are placed between commas and parentheses.
• Using Context Clues – Students determine definitions from context clues in nearby sentences.
• Using Word Parts – Students break words into parts to decipher definitions.
• Using Related Words – Students ponder related words to determine definitions.
Differentiated Mixed Practice:
• Advanced - Use Mixed Practice 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A. Students must determine which words in a short text can be figured out using the four strategies, as well as identify the strategy used and the definition. Note: This version is not for all advanced learners. If, for example, a student says that he/she “knows all of the words” or “can’t find any,” it’s time to shift to B.
• Average - Use Mixed Practice 1B, 2B, 3B, and 4B. Students receive the same (or very similar) paragraph as the advanced group, but the words are already identified (and boldfaced) for them.
• Remedial - First, employ worksheets that target specific skills: Using Commas and Parentheses, Using Context Clues, Using Word Parts, and Using Related Words. Second, have students continue to practice with Mixed Practice 1C, 2C, 3C, and 4C. Students receive the same (or very similar) sentences and words; however, the sentences are broken into small chunks to help students focus on a shorter text.
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