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Grade 3 Language - Context for Word Meaning

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There are many times when students are reading materials and they come across an unknown word. One way to figure out the meaning of the word is to look it up in a dictionary. Another way is to use the context clues. There are usually clues in the sentence to help students figure out the meaning of the unknown word. In this quiz, the students will choose the definition of the unknown word.

1.
Read the sentence.
While skiing on the mountain, an AVALANCHE buried the trees in the snow.
Use the context clues. What is the meaning of the capitalized words?
A large storm
A vacation
A fun sport
A long time
An avalanche is a large snowy storm that usually covers things with snow.
2.
Read the sentence.
Several pets PERISHED in the fire because they could not be saved.
Use the context clues. What is the meaning of the capitalized word?
Died
Lived
Helped
Acted strangely
Since they could not be saved, they died.
3.
Read the sentence.
My grades were on the DECLINE after I failed a few tests.
Use the context clues. What is the meaning of the capitalized word?
To go up
To go down
To stay the same
To move both up and down
Grades would go down if a few tests were failed.
4.
Read the sentence.
When the police officer told the man to stop, the man would COMPLY.
Use the context clues. What is the meaning of the capitalized word?
Study
Think about it
Fight against
Follow his order
When you comply, you follow the order.
5.
Read the sentence.
Queens and kings REIGN over their kingdoms until their deaths.
Use the context clues. What is the meaning of the capitalized word?
To yell
To rule
To learn
To understand
Queens and kings rule their kingdoms.
6.
Read the sentence.
After playing two soccer games, I was SLUGGISH when walking home.
Use the context clues. What is the meaning of the capitalized word?
Angry
Moving excitedly
Moving slowly
Unsure
If someone played two soccer games, they would be tired and moving slowly.
7.
Read the sentence.
Typewriters and public pay phones are OBSOLETE.
Use the context clues. What is the meaning of the capitalized word?
Popular
No longer used
Interesting
New inventions
Obsolete items are out of date.
8.
Read the sentence.
My mom served a HEARTY meal of steak, mashed potatoes, rolls, salad, green beans and chocolate cake.
Use the context clues. What is the meaning of the capitalized word?
Having a hot temperature
Scary
Delicious
Large amount
The meal consists of many things so it would be a large amount.
9.
Read the sentence.
The bully would TAUNT his victims with mean words.
Use the context clues. What is the meaning of the capitalized word?
Make to feel better
Tease
Help
Ask
When a bully taunts someone, he or she teases them.
10.
Read the sentence.
The elderly FEEBLE woman needed help crossing the road.
Use the context clues. What is the meaning of the capitalized word?
Weak
Brave
Athletic
Confused
Since the woman is elderly, she is probably weak too.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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