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Context Clues
Posted by:Brittany #62682

I am currently teaching context clues, and today I did a lesson that my kids loved. I wrote a sentence on a sentence strip with an unfamilar word. I called on students to tell me the meaning of the word and come up to the pocket chart and underline the clues. After we did that the students worked in their table groups. I gave each table a paragraph with an unfamilar word bolded and underlined. The paragraphs were laminated and the students got to use the markers on the paper. The students were again to tell me the meaning of the word and underline the clues. I have five table groups, therefore there were five different paragraphs. I know this may sound very simple, but all of the kids were very excited and asked if we were going to do more things like this in reading.
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Posted by:KT #64329

This is fairly basic, but I use this with my 3rd graders. I put a phrase on the board such as:
Susie just got a new b_______
Then I ask the kids what it could be and list all the many possibilities on the board. Then I add more to the sentence:
Susie just got a new b_____ at the library.
Of course, then they all know it is book and eliminate the other words and we talk about the importance of reading the whole sentence or looking beyond the "tricky" words for context clues. Hope this helps!

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Posted by:ILuvKaliNJay #113117

Before reading- "word detectives"- give each student a magnifying glass (just to make it fun), tell them the page # and the word and have them search for the word. After everyone has found the word, have them read the entire sentence the word is in to try to figure out the meaning. This also helps with modeling how to use context clues. Another before reading idea is to introduce all of the vocab words, discuss meanings, and have students write a short prediction about the story using the vocab words. Guess the covered word is also a game kids like--Write out sentences using the vocab words in context to the story, cover the vocab word and have the kids guess what the vocab word is.

After reading- "Hop to It"- make a grid using a shower curtain liner and tape down vocab words in...

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Posted by:love2read #125031

This idea also goes along with teaching context clues. I say or write sentences with a nonsense word. Then I ask them to think of as many words as they can that could really fit. For example, "I like to drink nice cold chocolate humdingers." Humdingers could be milk, milkshake, etc. That one was pretty easy but you get the idea. I call this the Humdinger Game and they think it is a treat to play it. ;)
We also do some kind of shared reading every week: a poem, a big book, etc. Sometimes I use post-it notes to cover a word or I might circle it with wikki stix and then we do the same thing. What could that word be/mean? What makes sense and why?
Finally, during word study (spelling) they practice their words by putting them in sentences, looking them up in dictionaries, or...

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Posted by:Helen #10870

The cloze materials that I have used are stories in which the students selects to correct words to complete the sentences so that the story continues to flow AND make sense. The story is written with blanks in place of certain key words and has words to choose from, usually on the border, to write into the blanks. there are usually teacher resource books created by grade level in teacher stores so you might look some over there.

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cloze Activity
Posted by:Jen #23731

A cloze activity consists of taking a reading passage on a child's level and leaving out every 5th word. There should be approximately 50 words in the passage. If a child can successfully fill in the blanks (no word bank is provided), then the child comprehends the concept or story that was read. A note to remember: the child does not need to put the exact word in the blank. If the word written means the same thing as the expected word and the context of the passage is not changed, the word is correct. This is a good activity to check for comprehension.

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Our Guess the Covered Word
Posted by:KcK #113121

I do "Guess the Covered Word" and the kids LOVE it!! I use my overhead projector and project it onto my dry erase board and many of my GTCW activities come from the Four Blocks books. It is a bit tedious to cover them with little post its, but once you get the hang of it, it is super easy! I have the kids set a goal of how many words they think they should be able to get.

I put it up and we read the piece sentence by sentence. I have the kids give me three guesses and a scribe records them on the board next to the piece. We learn to look at the space provided and the context of the sentence before we make any guesses. Then I uncover the first part of the word. You really should cover to the first vowel as one group...

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Posted by:Penny #118417

I teach reading improvement and I feel one of my jobs is to help the kids read nonfiction texts more effectively. That's generally what I use textmapping for. (It could be used for other things, but I haven't tried it for fiction yet.) I use it as a strategy. It's a comprehension tool. It wouldn't be practical to use all the time, but when you want to make a point and show the kids "the big picture" in the text.

I've copied science and history textbook chapters and had the kids color code headings, subheadings and chunk the text underneath so they can see by a glance how much space was used for each section. We mark pictures, charts, graphs, and captions. Highlight vocab words in one color and context clues or definitions with another. We also mark any other text feature. This...

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Greek, Latin root words-large word cards
Posted by:Risa #1310

I made some word cards using Greek and Latin roots, about 8 words per page. I highlighted the root and allowed for room beneath the word where students can write a sentence using the word in context. Below that I'm also posting a 1 page sheet of the same table with all of the roots defined. I suppose it's sort of a 'cheat sheet';) in case I forget what that root means.

As usual, if you find any errors I might have made, please feel free to let me know so I can correct the information.

Download: greek latin words table.doc (108.544 KB)

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