I just posted my Context Clues Hands-on Reading unit for second grade and I want to show you everything that is included.
This unit is designed to provide your students with a direct hands-on approach to model and practice using context clues to discover the meaning of unknown words. While direct instruction is important, this week long unit should only be used as a tool that leads to your year long discovery of words. All research points in the direction that vocabulary programs DO NOT work. That’s because the words are not meaningful and rote recognition is lost without purposeful use of words within diverse contexts.
This unit will guide your students to search for unknown words, discover words, and become strong readers! As the unit comes to an end, guide your students daily as they become word detectives throughout their daily lives, increasing vocabulary, increasing comprehension, and becoming life long learners and readers.
Day 1 – Day 1 begins with a mini-lesson and a PowerPoint presentation. I’m a strong believer in using concrete examples to introduce skills and strategies. Concrete examples give students the chance to make connections so they can eventually begin to think more abstractly. During this mini-lesson you write GET DOWN on the board. Then, give students a few minutes to discuss the meaning. Most of them will say that “get down” means to duck and get out of the way. After the discussion play the song Get Down on It by Kool and Gang. It’s impossible to play the song without dancing… so let your kids DANCE. You can find the song HERE! Have students listen to the song again and write some of the lyrics on the board. Help students come to the conclusion that “get down” in this song means to dance. Explain that they used context clues to discover a different meaning of the words GET DOWN! In this song “get down” represents having fun and dancing. Then… you can play the interactive PowerPoint presentation. During the presentation students get to practice using context clues to figure out the meaning of vocabulary words. I’ve included an optional recording sheet.
Day 2 – Students work in teams! They look at pictures and sentences and use context clues to find the meaning of the underlined word. They use their clues to write their own definition of the word.
Day 3 – Students get to work with partners or individually to discover the meaning of made up silly words! My students always LOVE this activity.
Day 4 – There are a few options for this game…
Option 1 – Class Game
Option 2 – Partner Memory
Option 3 – Put the cards in a center/station. Let students work together to make matches. Or… print on white paper and let students glue their matches on construction paper.
Day 5 – Context Clues Task Cards (I always hang the task cards around the room!!)
And last but not least… a quick assessment!
You can find the unit HERE! HAVE A GREAT WEEK!