The following Common Core aligned activity can be used as center work, individual practice, or in partners. Students show their understanding of vocabulary words or other unknown words in a story by creating their own sentences and including context clues. Students are then asked to write the clues they used in the sentence (or partners can find the clues!). Students can also copy the sentence from the text, and find context clues surrounding the word to determine the meaning.
This is a great activity to use in grades 3-5 and can be adapted as necessary!