Three Activities for Teaching Context Clues
We just released the free Word Meaning Warm-Ups, and they're focused on context clues and vocabulary development. The great thing about the warm-ups is that there are three highly engaging activities students work through.
In this quick post, I'll share the three activities in the context clues warm-ups:
- Context Matching
- Word Matrix
- Weekly Quiz
Context matching is an easy to follow activity that allows students to learn new words and apply them in new contexts. It follows this simple sequence:
- Explanation of context clues with visuals.
- Direct instruction of new words.
- Visual support.
- New word in a sentence.
- Students using context clues to determine the word that best matches a sentence.
- Immediate feedback on the context clues practice.
Students will need pencil and paper.
Word matrices can get really complex or can be very simple. A word matrix show morphology in a visual format. It breaks down a base word, prefixes, suffixes, inflected endings, and roots.
In this word matrix activity, students will:
- Receive a quick reteach of how word parts can change word meanings.
- Read and write a word matrix.
- Use the word matrix to create words that match the context of a sentence.
- Receive immediate feedback.
The weekly quiz is designed to help students in three ways:
- Independent practice of tier 2 words.
- Spiral review of context clues skills.
- Recapping skills and knowledge from earlier in the week.
It may be advantageous for students to chart their scores on the weekly context clues quizzes. However, the quizzes should not be used for progress monitoring purposes.
If you have questions about the warm-ups, please leave a comment below, and we'll be glad to help you out!
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