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Grade 3 Language - Context for Word Definition

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There are some phrases that do not have the same meaning as the individual words in the phrase. Students need to be aware of the meanings of these kind of phrases. Some of these are literal but some are nonliteral. Context clues help students figure out the meanings of words and phrases. In this quiz, the students will choose the definition of phrases and words.

1.
What is the meaning of the capitalized word in the sentence below?
When the mouse stood next to the elephant, the mouse looked PUNY.
Very gray.
Very large.
Very smart.
Very small.
Puny means very small in a negative way.
2.
What is the meaning of the capitalized word in the sentence below?
The young girl was PRONE to sicknesses since her body could not fight anything off.
More likely to happen.
Angered.
Worried.
Give to someone.
If you are prone to something, you are more likely to get it.
3.
What is the meaning of the capitalized phrase in the sentence below?
My teacher asked me to LOOK OVER my test to see if I had any questions.
Fill to the top.
Read a story.
Tell a lie.
Check and examine.
If the teacher asked you to look over a test, you would check it.
4.
What is the meaning of the capitalized word in the sentence below?
When the PEDESTRIAN walked across the street, he looked both ways for cars.
A small child.
A criminal.
A police officer.
Someone who walks.
A pedestrian is one who walks on the streets.
5.
What is the meaning of the capitalized phrase in the sentence below?
When I got mad at my friend on the phone, I then HUNG UP on her.
Speak angrily.
Call a friend.
Stop a phone call.
Hear weird noises.
The term "hang up" usually refers to stopping a phone call.
6.
What is the meaning of the capitalized phrase in the sentence below?
The little girl MADE UP a story because she didn't want to get in trouble.
Wrote.
Lied.
Cried.
Tried to get attention.
When you make up a story, you are lying.
7.
What is the meaning of the capitalized phrase in the sentence below?
My dad told me to PUT AWAY at least half of my money in the bank.
Spend.
Begin.
Look through.
Save.
When you put something away, you save it for later.
8.
What is the meaning of the capitalized word in the sentence below?
The FEROCIOUS lion roared showing his large teeth.
Mild.
Showing cruelty.
Shy and not aware.
Determined.
Something that is ferocious would be showing cruelty and violence.
9.
What is the meaning of the capitalized phrase in the sentence below?
Tiffany couldn't MAKE OUT what her friend was saying because she was too far away.
See.
Understand.
Search.
Rob.
When you can't make out something, you can't understand it.
10.
What is the meaning of the capitalized word in the sentence below?
Asking the young boy to pay hundreds of dollars for an item was ABSURD.
Certain.
Understanding.
Silly.
Special.
Since something is asked of someone who cannot do this request, it would be silly.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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