Context Clues Anchor Chart (FREEBIE included!)

This context clues anchor chart is a staple in my classroom!  A FREE context clues exit ticket is also included in this blog post!
I have always enjoyed teaching context clues.  I believe it is vitally important for all students to be able to use context clues to determine the definition of an unknown word.  As an ELL teacher, I spent a great deal of time over the years helping my English language learners develop this skill.  It can be difficult for them, especially when there are multiple words in a sentence that are unfamiliar to them. A few years ago, I started to use the "detective" analogy, and I found that they benefit from this concrete image.  I often tell my students to "get out your magnifying glasses and look for clues in the sentence to help you solve the mystery" of the given word.

I have also found that students are far more successful when I have taught them the five types of clues: definition, synonym (restatement), antonym (contrast), example, and inference clues. Therefore, this anchor chart is a staple in my classroom. 
This context clues anchor chart is a staple in my classroom!  A FREE context clues exit ticket is also included in this blog post!
Clip art by A Sketchy Guy.

We refer to this anchor chart often as we encounter unfamiliar words. After labeling the types of context clues given in numerous sentences, they seem to have a better understanding of how to use this skill when they are reading independently. They know some strategies and clues to look for.          

I created an exit slip FREEBIE for you.  Please download it if you think you will be able to use it with your students!

This context clues exit ticket is FREE! Being able to use context clues is an essential skill for students!  A context clues anchor chart is also included in this blog post!

If you are interested, I have a number of resources in my TPT store that I use when teaching students to identify context clues. You can purchase these items individually, or within the large bundle.
Context Clues Activities! Multiple activities created for the upper elementary classroom!

Context Clues Craftivity: 2 versions for differentiation!
This context clues craftivity is a favorite among my students!
This context clues anchor chart is a staple in my classroom!  A FREE context clues exit ticket is also included in this blog post!

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for all the context clues ideas! I definitely need them for my Learning Strategies class. :)

    -Lisa
    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

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    1. You're welcome! One of the things I find most difficult about teaching context clues is trying to find words that will likely be new to ALL of the students! Thanks for linking up!

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  2. Looking though Pinterest and found this. I am teaching context clues next week, so this is very helpful.

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  3. Love this! I'm going to use it next week. I also just realized that you could arrange the strategies to spell out the word IDEAS!!

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