Context means the sentence or paragraph in which the word appears.
Clues are like hints to the meaning of the word you do not understand.
***Remember that you are only trying to gain a general idea of what the unknown word means, not a specific definition.
Still Wondering What a Context Clue Is?
Watch the video clip ~ Pay careful attention to what the song tells you.
Now it is your turn to be a detective and follow the clues!
Use what you have learned about context clues to complete the activites on the next few slides.
It’s time for some detective work. Your friend Ryan has moved to a new country and is learning a new language. Read what he wrote in his journal and see if you can figure out the meaning to the underlined words.
Context Clues Practice
I overslept this morning. I had to eat my bowl of poof-poofs very quickly, and I almost missed the tramzam . When I got to school, I realized I had forgotten my zilgping . Luckily, Ms. Jutzi is very zoosh , and told me I could bring it tomorrow.
After school, some friends and I played plingming . It’s a new game I am learning. We scored 7 points and they only scored 5 points, so we were the zoiters !
Dad says that next weekend we’re going to the fladder . I can’t wait! I love to swim and play in the sand. I hope I don’t get a sunburn though.
Well, I better go to bed soon. I don’t want to wake up late again and miss my tramzam !
Now let’s try filling in the missing words in some other sentences. Remember to look for your context clues.
Context Clues Practice
I removed the ____________________ from the shelf and began to read.
Lydia is a thief: she would _______________________ the gold from her grandmother’s teeth and not feel guilty.
Our uncle was a ____________________________, an incurable wanderer who could never stay in one place.
Unlike his brother, who is a truly handsome person, Hogwart is quite _____________.
The Asian _________________, like other apes, is specially adapted for life in trees.
Surely everyone knows that if you step on an egg, it will _______________.
Tom got a new ________________ for his birthday. It is a sports model, red with white interior and bucket seats.
Here is a “plan of attack” to help you guess at the meanings of words you do not understand:
Use the meanings of other words in the piece to help you understand the unfamiliar word.
Look for definitions, synonyms, antonyms, explanations and examples in the text.
Look at grammar and punctuation in the sentence to gain further clues.
Be happy with a general idea of the meaning of the word- exact meanings are not always necessary.