Friday, September 21, 2012

Author's Purpose, Context Clues, oh my!

This week our 5th grade train has been moving right along... We covered author's purpose and context clues.  All of the things we have covered so far this year SHOULD are a review. 
Of course we added items to our Reading Spirals... We put our author's purpose foldable into out reading spirals and talked about that each purpose meant and gave examples.  The students had a lot of fun with this and were surprised how often they use persuade at home.. lol!  We also did an author's purpose scavenger hunt.  I know, I know, scavenger hunts with every topic?? We won't be doing another one for a while and the kiddos just LOVE them.  We also rolled our author's purpose dice on a daily basis and pull a random item out of the mystery bag to have the audience guess the purpose. Fun, fun, fun and my students have it down!

For context clues, we glued our context clues guidelines into our Reading spirals and went over them to circle and make note of important words.  We also took made up words and  sentences and fill out our context clues chart.  I also went over appropriate highlighting.  ( 5th graders LOVE to highlight the entire page to make it pretty...)  We also did a reading passage with lots of "big" words and used our context clues to figure out the meanings.  I know we didn't do too much, but this is a skill we will use everyday for the rest of the year. 

Yay, for Friday and our football game at home tonight... now if we could just get a win!! (lol)
If you have any ideas for author's purpose or context clues, let me know!

All of the items that I used for context clues are either from teacher resource books or other bloggers.  I cannot send you a copy of them, but would love to send you in the right direction.  I an also going to try and upload the author's purpose foldable to my new teacher's notebook store Monday morning.
The context clues guidelines came from .  The context clues sentences used with the chart (from Katie at Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher) came from another book.  I will have to look it up at school Monday.  Sorry about all of the confusion... I am trying to upload anything that is my original to my teacher's notebook store. :)


  1. Love these activities! Would love it if you could share some of these printables! :-)

  2. The activities are fantastic!! Where did you obtain your context clue sheet?
    Thank you for posting your ideas.

  3. You have such great foldables for reading skills. I wanted to know where did you find these. My students could defintely use these. Thanks and great work!!

  4. Hello from South Texas, Sandy! Thank you for sharing! You have wonderful ideas. I have pinned them and I hope to do something similar next year! Keep up the great work.

  5. I just ordered the context clues book. I would be interested in the other items you use. My email is Thank you in advance. Love your ideas :)

  6. I just ordered the context clues book. I would be interested in the other items you use. My email is Thank you in advance. Love your ideas :)

  7. Awesome ideas! May I have copies of these printables? My kids would LOOOOOVE them!You may send to:
    Thanks for sharing! You rock! :)

    1. The context clues printables are from workbooks, so I can't share those. Ihave added the picture and title of the workbook to the post.

      The author's purpose foldables can be found in my TPT store & the link is on the right side of my blog.