Teacher's Toolkit: 3 (FREE) Games to Help Students Practice Using Context Clues

Helping you students practice the skill of using context clues while reading? Check out this post for 3 FREE games that will help students learn how to use context clues while reading.

If we want our students to increase their vocabulary,  it's important that they develop their skill for using context clues.  The downside?  It can be a pretty dry skill to teach....unless you use games  to do it.

I still feel very strongly about the benefit and effectiveness of using games to help students learn, so today I'm sharing 3 games that I've created for helping students learn about and practice using context clues in their reading.  

Feel free to add them to your teacher toolkit to pull out for literacy centers. Best part?  They are all FREE inside our Member’s Resource Library.

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    GAME 1:  TALK LIKE A PIRATE

    Students use context clues when reading pirate words to help them determine the meaning.
    Students practice using context clues as they try to determine the meaning of different pirate words.

    Did you know that September 19th is national "Talk Like a Pirate Day?"  Yup.  My teacher friend would celebrate it every year with her students since she had a pirate themed classroom and I used to go in and help her and her students for the festivities.  One year she happened to be working with her students on context clues around the holiday, so I created a fun game to help celebrate the day, while still keeping focus on the skills they were studying.  It was a BIG hit with the kiddos.

    In the game, students use context clues to figure out the meaning of fun pirate words like avast, swab, and ahoy. Grab your free game in the Member’s Resource Library (or join for free below to get instant access!).


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      GAME 2:  CONTEXT CLUE TIC-TAC-TOE

      Students play Tic-Tac-Toe as they use their context clue reading skills to determine the meaning of unknown words.

      Who doesn't love a good ol' fashion game of Tic-Tac-Toe?  EVERYONE does!  This game is an easy-prep center game that students can play with a partner.

      On one side of the card students read a sentence containing a challenging or unfamiliar word.  On the other side of the card students choose the meaning that best fits the sentence.  After checking the answer key, if the student is correct, he/she can place a marking chip on the tic-tac-toe board. It's simple and effective!

      It’s also available inside our Member’s Resource Library. Head there now to grab and print out your own copy (or join below for FREE for instant access)

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        GAME 3:  CON-TEXT CLUES

        This fun game has students reading text conversations on "phones" and requires them to use context clues to figure out the meaning of unknown words.
        This fun game has students reading text conversations on "phones" and requires them to use context clues to figure out the meaning of unknown words.

        Even my 3 year old daughter knows what texting is.  I created this last game a few years ago to use students' love for texting to my benefit in teaching them to use context clues. This fun game has students reading text conversations on "phones"  and requires them to use context clues to figure out the meaning of unknown words.

        Like it? Again, this game, along with the other two games are inside our Member’s Resource Library under “LITERACY SKILLS.”

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