Reflection: Lesson Planning Teaching Context Clues - Section 3: Using Context Clues Independently


What worked?

In introducing a new skill, practice is key. I wanted to make sure my students practiced enough before I asked them to work independently.

I talked a lot out loud while modeling the process with the first sentence because it was a new skill for them. I had more participation from them as I moved on to the second and third sentence. I didn't do all five sentences because the three sentences took 20 minutes, and I didn't want to spend more time. It would have been unproductive to force it. I also felt most of them were ready to tackle the independent practice after the third sentence. I invite you to use as many sentences as needed to meet the needs of your students.

Given their work, I can see that most understood how to use the context clues to come up with their own definition. I felt the students did a good job with looking at the context clues and keeping them in mind when figuring out the definition.

I did have to work with a small group of students because they greatly needed this support at this time of the year. The video example shows the step by step process I used to support their learning of the process. Sometimes, especially in the beginning, it is best to go slow, to be able to go fast later on.

One last note, in pulling the sentences from their text, African-American Inventors, I made sure the sentences provided good context clues.

*Also, please note that I know there are no pictures posted in the section where I practiced with the students. My principal was observing during that particular time and it proved to be challenging to be taking photographs with her in the room as the I taught the lesson.

  Lesson Planning: Working Independently with Context Clues
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Teaching Context Clues

Unit 11: Inventors
Lesson 1 of 9

Objective: SWBAT use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words in an informational text.

Big Idea: Context clues: Which are helpful? And, how do we use text features to help us determine the meaning of a word?

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