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    Language Handbook Lesson 15 Using Context Clues

    Using Context Clues Lesson 15

    You can use context clues to figure out the meaning of an unfamiliar word. The chart below gives examples of different types of context clues.

    Type of Clue Example

    Definition Superfoods, or natural foods that may prevent disease, have become popular.

    Cause/Effect Some superfoods, such as blueberries and red beans, contain antioxidants. These can help remove harmful substances from the human body.

    Comparison Some experts look dubiously on claims about superfoods, but other experts believe strongly that these foods can improve health.

    Context clues can also help you figure out words with more than one meaning. For example, the table below has two sentences with the word source. What does source mean in each sentence? You can use the underlined context clues to figure out which meaning of source is being used.

    Sentence Context Clues Definition

    Choosing high-sugar drinks can be a source of health problems.

    A problem has a cause. Therefore, the source of a problem is its cause.

    the cause of something

    The website is a source for facts about food choices.

    A website can have information such as facts. Therefore, a source is something that gives information.

    something that gives information

    The sentences before and after the sentence with an unfamiliar word can also hold context clues.


    Some fads are fleeting, but more than a few people feel that

    superfoods are here to stay. The idea of superfoods isn’t new, but the

    amount of empirical information we have about them is. Scientific

    observations and tests offer some evidence that certain foods can

    help people stay healthy. Nobody claims that these foods are

    a panacea—nothing can guarantee perfect health or cure every

    disease—but they can be part of a sensible diet.

    Determine the meanings of fleeting, empirical, and panacea. Then underline the words or phrases that helped you determine their meaning.

    Guided Practice

    HINT The phrases as a result of, because of, and thanks to all signal cause-and- effect relationships. Words such as but, too, also, and as well as all indicate comparisons.

    LAFS.5.L.3.4a: Use context (e.g., cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

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    Language Handbook Lesson 15 Using Context Clues

    For numbers 1 and 2, read the paragraph. Then answer the questions.

    For centuries, people in coastal areas of China and Japan have harvested a superfood found in marine environments. Recent studies show that eating seaweed protects against infection. It also might reduce the risk of serious diseases and extend peoples’ life spans. If true, these would be important benefits.

    1 What does the word marine mean in this paragraph?

    A very nutritious

    B dark blue in color

    C having to do with the ocean

    D member of the armed forces

    2 Which two words from the paragraph help you understand the meaning of marine?

    A “China” and “Japan”

    B “coastal” and “seaweed”

    C “centuries” and “people”

    D “superfood” and “studies”

    For numbers 3 and 4, read the paragraph. Then answer the questions.

    Closer to home, you can find superfoods right in your garden or local store. Think “crisp and crunchy.” Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale detoxify harmful substances. As a result, they may help to prevent some forms of cancer. These veggies also are low in calories and have lots of vitamins A, C, and K.

    3 What does the word detoxify mean in this paragraph?

    A to move in a wide circle

    B to chew food slowly

    C to make a difficult decision

    D to remove bad effects

    4 Which two words from the paragraph help you understand the meaning of detoxify?

    A “crisp” and “crunchy”

    B “prevent” and “cancer”

    C “veggies” and “substances”

    D “calories” and “vitamins”

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    Reading Comprehension: Compare (tell similarities) and Contrast (tell differences)

    Two Great Teachers Mrs. Weathers

    Mrs. Weathers is one of the most loved teachers at our school. She has been a math teacher for over 25 years, and she still loves what she does. Many of the students think she is too strict and don't like the fact that she doesn't include technology or cooperative learning in her instruction. However, many parents prefer her to be their child's teacher because she makes sure that they know their multiplication facts and can do long division before they leave her class. She is a kind and caring teacher who enjoys seeing her students learn. She helps her students any way that she can to ensure that they leave her class with a clear understanding of the math skills that she teaches.

    Mrs. Henry Mrs. Henry is a new math teacher at our school. This is only her second year to teach math since graduating college. She loves teaching math and enjoys watching her students learn. She wants her students to understand the real world application of math; therefore, she has her students participate in many hands-on projects in her classroom. She also likes to include technology whenever she can. When teaching area and perimeter, she has her students design a room on the computer and then determine the area and perimeter of the room in order to determine the amount of carpet and baseboards that would need to be purchased for their room. Students enjoy her class, and most parents like the way that she helps their child love to learn. 1. Based on the two paragraphs, how are Mrs. Weathers and Mrs. Henry alike? a. They both like to incorporate technology into their instruction. b. They both still enjoy teaching after more than 25 years. c. They are both thought of as strict by the students. d. They both enjoy teaching math and enjoy watching their students learn. 2. Based on the two paragraphs, how are Mrs. Weathers and Mrs. Henry different? a. Mrs. Weathers uses technology to teach math, but Mrs. Henry does not. b. Mrs. Henry has been teaching for many years, but Mrs. Weathers is a new teacher. c. Mrs. Henry uses technology and cooperative learning in her classroom, unlike Mrs. Weathers. d. Mrs. Weathers provides real world learning experiences, unlike Mrs. Henry. 3. According to the second paragraph, what example is given to show how Mrs. Henry uses real-world situations to help students understand math. _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ 4. Which teacher would you prefer? Explain why. _____________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________�

  • Big Birds, Big City

    Big Birds, Big City

    World Almanac for Kids

    Some peregrine falcons have moved to New York City.

    Walk around New York City, and you may see some people looking skyward in awe. They might be admiring the city's high-rise buildings, or they might be admiring peregrine falcons instead.

    These majestic birds of prey, which were on the verge of extinction, have made a comeback across the United States. Some have even moved to New York City. The falcons aren't alone in calling the Big Apple home. Bald eagles have also moved into the neighborhood.

    Death by DDT Peregrine falcons are the fastest creatures in the air. They can chase their prey at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.

    The birds were nearly wiped out in the 1960s from exposure to a pesticide called DDT. A pesticide is a chemical designed to kill insects and other pests that damage plants and crops. Scientists didn't realize in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s that DDT also harmed birds and other animals.

    According to biologists, DDT made the eggshells of peregrines and other birds thin and fragile. The shells broke before the baby peregrine falcons were ready to hatch. By 1970, there were only 39 known nesting pairs of peregrine falcons in the lower 48 states.

    Road to Recovery The U.S. government banned DDT in 1972. A year later, Congress passed the federal Endangered Species Act. The law protected many animals that were in danger of dying out, including peregrine falcons.

    Today, more than 2,000 pairs of falcons nest nationwide, including at least 20 couples in New York City. The first two falcon pairs moved to the city in 1983. Copyright © 2007 Weekly Reader Corporation. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Weekly Reader is a registered trademark of Weekly Reader Corporation.

  • Big Birds, Big City

    Peregrine falcons usually nest on high cliffs. In and around Manhattan, though, the bird