Context and Word Recognition


This lesson plan will teach your students how to use context clues to better understand what they’re reading. By the end of the lesson, your students will be able to confidently use context clues to improve their reading comprehension skills.

Included with this lesson are some adjustments or additions that you can make if you’d like, found in the “Options for Lesson” section of the Classroom Procedure page. One of the optional additions to this lesson is to give students dictionaries or thesauruses to check student answers.

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What our Context and Word Recognition lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Context and Word Recognition teaches students how to read with context and how to use context clues to improve their comprehension. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to read with context and reread to improve their understanding when there is a break in comprehension. Students also will have learned strategies using context clues to improve reading comprehension. This lesson is for students in 5th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. The only supplies you will need for this lesson are the handouts, and to prepare for this lesson ahead of time you can copy the handouts.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. One optional addition to this lesson is to give students dictionaries or thesauruses to check student answers. Adding these resources to the lesson reinforces the practice skill and introduces a tip to assist student learning of new vocabulary.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.


Find the Meaning of Words Using Context Clues

The Context and Word Recognition lesson plan includes two pages. The first page is a worksheet, and the second page is the answer key to that worksheet. The worksheet asks students to read six short passages and determine what the bold word in each means based on the context of the passage.


The Context and Word Recognition lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.


For the activity worksheet, students will read a long passage titled “How to Read in Context.” They will then use the passage to answer questions. They will explain what the author is saying in the passage as a whole and use context clues from the article to complete the given table.

Students can work either alone or in groups to complete the activity.


The practice worksheet asks students to use the context clues in eight passages to find the meaning of the words or phrases in bold.


For the homework assignment, students will read passages and use context clues to explain the meaning of the passage of the whole.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the activity worksheet, the practice worksheet, and the homework assignment. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


5th Grade



State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.