Teach them Context Clues

context clues, reading strategies, interactive notebooks

Learning how to use clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words seems like it should be pretty easy.  I mean, authors often provide context clues right in the sentence.  But children who don't understand the process, often don't know what they're looking for.  And teaching them - specifically - what to look for helps them so much.  The more metacognitively aware our students are, the more they assimilate this kind of clue-searching into their daily reading.

There are a lot of ways to teach this concept, and no one system is right.  I've added a couple of anchor charts from Pinterest that I think are worth looking at; you can click on the links to read more.  You can also download this freebie, which uses the IDEAS acronym.
I=Inference
D=Definition
E=Example
A=Antonym
S=Synonym
Have a great week!

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