Have you checked out the Second-Grade Reading Passages Bundle? The newest additions to this fantastic collection of reading passages focus on using context clues to determine the meaning of new vocabulary words.
As students move through second grade they begin the exciting, and at times frustrating, transition from basic decoding to text with increased complexity. New vocabulary words can trip up your learners but learning how to figure out a word’s meaning in context can help!
Our reading passages offer perfectly scaffolded practice. Students will be introduced to new words then asked:
Students are guided towards an answer in a way that feels supported but gives them opportunities to create their own connections. Sound great? Check out what’s included below.
What’s Included in the Vocabulary & Context Clues Second-Grade Reading Passages Pack?
Introducing Vocabulary and Context Clues
Now that you have some high quality reading passages to use with your students, it’s important to build a base of background knowledge so students feel confident and comfortable working on a new skill.
This is one of my favorite introductory activities for vocabulary words and context clues! Plus, you can use it to create a fun anchor chart for students to reference. Begin by writing out a short paragraph but remove one of the words in the paragraph and replace it with a complete nonsense word. For example:
Students love the made-up words! The sillier and stranger, the better. Read the paragraph to your students or have them read it to themselves. Then, ask them to work with a friend to figure out what chubitubaroo means. As a class, discuss what context clues led them to their answers. This activity can lead directly into the reading passages. While discussing the definition of chubitubaroo use the same questions that are used in the reading passages. This way, your students feel familiar with the questions they are being asked in the reading passages and can work independently.
2nd Grade Reading Passages for 15 More Comprehension Skills
Vocabulary and context clues reading passages are just a small portion of a much larger bundle. We have reading passages for all the comprehension skills you’re teaching!
- Cause & Effect
- Fiction Text Evidence & 5Ws
- Nonfiction Text Evidence & 5Ws
- Nonfiction Compare & Contrast
- Fiction Compare & Contrast
- Figurative Language
- Illustrations & Text Features
- Main Idea & Details
- Illustrations & Inferences
- Moral & Summarizing
- Nonfiction Text Structure
- Point of View
- Fiction Story Structure
- Vocabulary & Context Clues
They all include fluency trackers, varying reading difficulties, and targeted comprehension questions. Check out this blog post for more details on the whole bundle!
BONUS DOWNLOAD for you! Check out our Vocabulary Cards Pack. This freebie includes editable vocabulary cards that you can use for your word wall, student flashcards, or any vocabulary game!
Second Grade Reading Passages
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