When you encounter a vocabulary word with which you are unfamiliar, what do you do? Use the context clues to determine the word's meaning. In addition to the great context clues worksheets on this page, check out this free context clues game that I made. Students learn hundreds of challenging vocabulary words while playing a fun climbing game.
I used the context clues worksheets on this page to help my students in the classroom. I am sharing them with you in the hopes that they will help you as well. The words have been selected from texts recommended by Common Core. These context clues worksheets have been divided into three levels:
These are the easiest context clues worksheets. These worksheets were designed to help struggling students or students in lower grades. They were written to help students reading at a 3rd to 6th grade reading level. Be sure to preview all materials before using them in your classroom.
Context clues are hints in the sentence that help good readers figure out the meanings of unfamiliar words. When we look at the "context" of a word, we look at how it is being used. Based on how these words are used, and on our knowledge of the other words in the sentence, we make an educated prediction as to what the challenging vocabulary word may mean.
Examine these lines from Lewis Carroll's poem, "Jabberwocky":
Jubjub, frumious, and Bandersnatch were NOT words before Carroll coined them. Yet readers are able to get meaning from them based on how the words are used. A reading of the whole poem is helpful way to introduce context clues to your students.
Unknown/ June 10, 2022
Thank you so much this helped me to practice for my literacy exam .. you are a real life saviour
ANGELITA MENDIGORIN AQUINO/ February 1, 2022
thank you very much… God bless !
Cecilia Tong/ January 31, 2022
Hi. Thank you so much for your eReading worksheets. My son is trying to improve his English and here in Asia there are not so many opportunities nor workbooks in the bookshops. Thank you
Lorena/ November 6, 2020
Hi, my son is learning about contex clues now (6th grade), he is working in the worksheets 2.1. Could you please explain what type of contex clue have each sentence.
Thanks for your help.
Mr. Morton/ December 7, 2020
Hello. Maybe look at the answer key? I believe it has explanations. Best wishes!
Weena/ September 27, 2020
Thank you for worksheet.
Amy Cook/ May 5, 2020
How does the context clues climber game work? I can’t see any instructions or anything obvious to click to get it started
Mr. Morton/ May 5, 2020
Hey, the kids just start playing.
They use the arrow keys and space bar.
If they are on touch screen devices, buttons appear.
They can climb on walls and ceilings.
It’s a lot of fun.
When they hit an enemy or obstacle,
they must answer a context clues question correctly or DIE!!!
Of course, they can always start the level over again.
Tina/ March 27, 2020
So awesome. Thank you!!!
Heidi/ February 23, 2020
Hi there, I’m teaching as a student missionary in Kosrae, Micronesia. We have VERY limited resources, and your site has been a lifesaver this year. Thank you!
Miral Elbanna/ February 4, 2020
Thanks a million for the sheets, they are of great help to my son at school
Carolina Ramos/ August 14, 2019
Thanks a million for the worksheets. My EFL Ss and I appreciate it!
Eugenia Chrisovitsianou/ April 19, 2019
I cannot really express how thankful I am for these context clues worksheets.
I teach EFL students in Greece and your work inspired me to make some similar workheets for my students , from Intermediate to Advanced level, besides using yours. Thank you very much
Daeng/ December 14, 2017
Thank you for these worksheets, what an excellent site for resources. I appreciate the most.I will keep coming back too, Thanks again.
Ma2678i78sh34a90/ January 24, 2017
Your examples have helped me SOO much! But I suggest you to use a set of words that are elated to a topic. For example, the Revolutionary War, mathematicians, biodiversity, etc.
Amohr/ January 21, 2017
Thank you for making these worksheets. It is definitely very helpful for my struggling students.
Barbecued Beans/ January 7, 2017
Hey, I think you made a mistake on one of the worksheets. You wrote down “would a breeze” I think it is supposed to be “would be a breeze”.
Jhorl/ December 2, 2016
This helps a lot. Thanks. 🙂
Barbecued Beans/ November 5, 2016
Hey,the worksheets are not working at all. It would be great if you can fix it ASAP
Mr. Morton/ March 22, 2017
What’s not working?
Rosie/ September 6, 2016
Thank you for the great material!!!
arizah costanza abrenica/ September 6, 2016
Can you give a example of context clues as a apposition and analysis
Mr. Morton/ September 10, 2016
Hmm… I’m not quiet sure what that is. Can you give me an example?
karen sparks/ April 28, 2016
Love these, but I have a question–what is “garbage pizza”? I told the students I thought it was a typo for garden. I’m referring to the sheet with the word “detest.”
Thanks for these! Terrific resources!
Mr. Morton/ May 5, 2016
That’s a great question. “Garbage pizza” is an idiomatic metaphor that is used in Chicago, and perhaps other places as well. It means pizza that has all of the available toppings on it.
Cat/ May 6, 2016
Thank you for the clarification! LOL I thought that was what it was. 🙂
carol/ September 9, 2016
I think it is a pizza that has everything on it
Marty M./ April 4, 2016
My students love your context clues worksheets, and so do I. Thank you so much for creating them. They rock!
kim sama/ March 15, 2016
thank it will help me for my exam i am really thankful god bless
Hoangthu Le/ March 4, 2016
Thank you so much for sharing such precious materials useful for my teaching in reading lessons. I really appreciate it. Thanks again!
Mr. Morton/ March 15, 2016
You are most welcome. Thank you for visiting!
Maureen/ March 4, 2016
Great Resource! Thank you!
Danielle/ March 1, 2016
I love the variety that your site offers. I run a remedial 8th grade program and you have worksheets for almost every standard for my students. Your site is an awesome resource for teachers!!
Mr. Morton/ March 15, 2016
I’m so happy to hear it. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment.
Kevin Edmunds/ January 18, 2016
Great resources. Your choices of vocab are well-made and varied. Great for South Africa where our pupils exposure to good English is very limited.
Mr. Morton/ January 19, 2016
That means a lot to me. Thank you for saying so.
Wendy/ October 2, 2015
Love you Mr. Morton 🙂
jennifer/ September 25, 2015
the 1.3 answers aren’t working this morning… 🙁
Mr. Morton/ October 1, 2015
In what way are they not working? What do you see when you click the link?
Lisa Kwan/ June 2, 2015
These are SO helpful! I was at a loss in figuring out how to teach reading skills, and these are just wonderful! Thank you 😀
AB/ April 23, 2015
Great information especially the context work sheets.
Works well on a HS level too.
jeffery/ April 21, 2015
very good resorces
Barbara/ February 27, 2015
I love, love, love this site. Everything Reading and Language Arts is right here! Would love to see more on symbolism in literature for 4-7th grade. But all in all, oh the hours saved!
Mr. Morton/ March 2, 2015
Thank you. Maybe this summer. Best wishes!
Zohura/ February 12, 2015
Thanks for sharing this excellent resources. It is very helpful for my kids. God bless you…
Roxanne/ January 21, 2015
Thank you so much for all of your hard work. This is my first year teaching ELA and your site has been a God send. You will never know how much you have helped me to reach my students. Thanks again!!!
Mr. Morton/ January 24, 2015
I’m so happy to hear it. Thanks for letting me know.
Donna Hawkins/ January 6, 2015
Thanks! What an excellent resource. I will certainly share this with the department.
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T. Favors/ November 5, 2014
Thanks for the large amount of practice!! It really helped my students with this practice.
Mrs. Lott/ October 1, 2014
Thank you!! It is rare to find worksheets for free these days that fit the common core and are useful.
Mr. Morton/ October 6, 2014
I’m working hard to create new materials specifically designed to meet Common Core grade level standards. It’s a big task, but I should have some progress posted by the new year. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment.
Chris Butner/ July 21, 2014
Seriously, this site is the gift that keeps on giving. I love incorporating your materials as springboards for my lessons. Thanks!
Mr. Morton/ July 21, 2014
I’m so happy to hear that.
I’m going to add 15 context clues worksheets to this page over the next week.
Best wishes and come back soon.
Calvin Golson/ April 30, 2014
Thank you for all of the awesome content!!!! You Rock.
Tammy/ March 25, 2014
You are an absolute savior! Your worksheets help my students with learning disabilities very much. I love how the materials are designed according to reading levels. Thanks so much! I am sharing your site to my teacher friends and they love it too!
Mr. Morton/ April 21, 2014
I love hearing stuff like this, Tammy.
It inspires me to continue.
you’re doing good work.
agusalim/ November 29, 2013
It is great to develop my students’ vocabulary. Thanks a lot.
allura/ October 16, 2013
Thanks! This was super helpful for my students
Mike/ September 18, 2013
Are all these worksheets on your site geared towards a specific grade level? For example, the Text Structure worksheet?? This site is pretty cool. Will make my life a lot easier considering I am teaching a 4/5 combo class this year.
Mr. Morton/ September 28, 2013
I’ve used these materials with my 7th and 8th grade students in the West Side of Chicago. I’ve learned that standards of what is appropriate and what is not vary greatly by region. Read all materials carefully before giving them to younger children and modify them as necessary. Best wishes!
Shyam Sunder Rajaram/ September 5, 2013
Great stuff! Invaluable, indeed.
Katrina Summers/ August 10, 2013
I loved the worksheets. They will be great to use for modeling, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment! Thanks so much!
Jeanette/ August 1, 2013
Thank you for these worksheets! They have really helped me in brushing up on my skills before a test!
Hector A/ July 16, 2013
Thank you, what an excellent site for resources. Simply amazing. Highly beneficial to any student and a big help for Instructors.
Yolanda/ April 12, 2013
Thank you for the worksheets! They have come in handy helping my students master using context clues. It has taken some of the work off of my hands, that I appreciate the most! Keep adding and I will keep coming back!
Mr. Morton/ May 1, 2013
I intend to add new content for the next school year. Come back again!
Sarah/ April 9, 2013
Thanks for these worksheets. They’re great!