Context clues are always so tough for me to teach! Anyone else? I have always been a reader and I think learning vocabulary has always been automatic for me, that sometimes I have a hard time slowing it down and teaching how to learn new vocabulary through context. I also think using context clues are very tough for students to learn, which oftentimes make it difficult to teach as well. Context clues are a HUGE part on the OAA. I can't remember the exact number, but it is the second most frequently tested indicator in the fourth grade. For all of these reasons, I'm getting a jump start on context clues this year!
This year, I have decided to slow-it-down. I'm going to break it down into at least four mini-lessons. Each mini-lesson will focus on the different context clues strategies. As each strategy is introduced, students will record notes on this sheet.
Students will keep these notes in the "Notes" section of their Literacy Binders. Each lesson will be taught on the Smart Board. About three example sentences will be given, and students will first be shown, then guided on how to use each type of context clue. Each mini-lesson is followed up with a quick assessment. My co-teacher and I will use the assessments to determine who needs additional instruction and form strategy groups if needed. My absolutely wonderful literacy coach (who I talk about often on here!) has also volunteered to help plan additional instruction/enrichment if needed. I'm really hopeful that teaching context clues in this manner will help my students understand it better.
What strategies or fool-proof lesson plans do you use to teach context clues?