Vocabulary knowledge is a critical skill required for student success across academic disciplines. Vocabulary knowledge in the early grades is an indicator of later reading comprehension and often sets apart high and low achieving students. This resource is inspired by Robert J. Marzano and Debra J. Pickering’s research-based strategies for vocabulary instruction outlined in their book Building Academic Vocabulary.
This resource is designed to be a part of a speech-language pathologist, classroom teacher, or special education teacher’s systematic vocabulary instruction. Target words used in this resource were selected from Marzano and Pickering’s list of vocabulary words for systematic instruction based on national educational standards. Words selected for this resource are Tier 2 Vocabulary Words.
These context clues worksheets are designed to teach students the strategy of using context clues to determine the meaning of words and deepen vocabulary knowledge. While the vocabulary words are Tier 2 and important for 3rd-5th grade learners, the objective of this resource is to give students practice with the context clues strategy rather than teaching these words themselves. This worksheet would be an excellent activity to give struggling learners extra practice and support through an RTI model. Have students complete the self-assessment and continue expanding their knowledge of words they are less comfortable with through systematic vocabulary instruction by completing vocabulary logs
and Power Flower or Fun Suns as appropriate to accompany the content you are covering in the classroom. Together, these activities include the following evidence based strategies for vocabulary instruction:
Using context clues as a strategy to determine the meaning of unknown words
Putting definitions into your own words
Creating semantic networks including synonyms, antonyms, root words, other forms of the word, examples, and related words.
Using vocabulary words in new sentences
Drawing a picture (nonlinguistic representation) of the word
This resource includes:
Explanation of Systematic Vocabulary Instruction
Sample IEP/RTI Goals
10 Tier 2 Science Vocabulary Words used in sentences with context clues
Vocabulary Knowledge Self-Assessment
Word Work Power Flower Instructions and Example
Word Work Power Flower Printable Template
Word Work Fun Sun Printable Template
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