Lesson: Introducing Context Clues Strategies

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Lesson Objective

Today’s purpose of learning is to define the meaning of context and to identify 5 ways to figure out meanings of unknown words.

Lesson Plan

 

Standard

3.LD-V15

Purpose of Learning

Today’s purpose of learning is to define the meaning of context and to identify 5 ways to figure out meanings of unknown words.

Connection

“Today we are starting a new unit in word study.  We are going to learn about the importance of context and using context clues to find meaning.  This is SOOOO important, and all good readers do this.  Context, and context clues, is the way we figure out the meaning of something we don’t already know.” Turn and talk to find out if you have an idea of what you do when you don’t know the meaning of a word.

Script

I Do

T: “You might be thinking: ‘What is context?’  Well, context is the sentence or the paragraph in which an unknown word appears.  It surrounds an unknown word.  So we use context when we come to a word we don’t know.  Here are some ways context can be used in a sentence or paragraph to figure out meaning:”

Pre-write on a Chart:

  1. The meaning is clearly given: “The goats lived at the timberline.  A timberline is where the trees stop growing on a mountainside.”
  2. An example is given: “Many animals migrate to warmer places each fall.”
  3. The meaning is restated: “The monkey outwitted, or outsmarted, the keeper.”
  4. Other words help describe a word: “The lame dog was injured and limping.”
  5. The word has a known prefix or suffix: “The team was unhappy about its loss.”

T: Think aloud all five example sentences and talk about WHY this is the best way to figure out context

We Do

T: Put up several (3-4) new sentences.

S: Are there any words we don’t know in these sentences?  If so, how will we figure out the meaning of these words?  Turn and talk: For the sentences we don’t know, which way of using context will be the best? (Ss can reference the poster)…Ss will turn and talk separately for each sentence; we will share out in between for each one.

You Do

T: Put up 3 new sentences that require context.

S: Individually identify the best type of context strategy to use.

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