Innovative
Classroom

Bell Work

Context Clues 1

Have a few sentences written on the board that contain new vocabulary words for which your students must deduce the meaning using context clues. Here are some examples:
  1. My friend John missed the bus the other day, so I told him I'd give him a ride home on my handlebars. But Mrs. Smith, our teacher, said that it was a precarious situation and it would be better if we both walked home.
  2. Rachel's parents wanted her to join the GATE program at school, but she wasn't very zealous about the idea because she wanted to stay with all of her friends at school.
  3. Being one of the most expensive and gallant ships ever built, the Titanic set out for its maiden voyage to the United States in splendor.

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