Using Context Clues Reading Strategies for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL


Total Pages 128 plus 76 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 3 Weeks


This unit on Using Context Clues contains 128 pages plus 76 google slides and was developed for students with autism and other special learning needs.


This unit covers recognizing and using the three main types of context clues. This unit covers the example, definition, and contrast clues.


The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in the activities either through step-by-step worksheets or digitally through google slides. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on recognizing the type of style being used. This repetition encourages a deeper understanding of this concept.


There are also worksheets that cover previously learned skills needed to effectively use each type of context clue.


Finally, there are group activities included that incorporate into the daily lesson.


*****This unit includes digital versions of the activities. There are 76 google slides (includes a differentiated set) and a movie version of the book.


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Using Context Clues Includes:


  • 16 day lesson plan
  • 31 page story (includes a movie version)
  • Power card with steps to using context clues
  • 5 group activities (includes definition puzzles)
  • Review activities (includes versions with and without picture symbols)
    • 2 worksheets on finding synonyms (includes digital version)
    • 2 worksheets on finding definitions (includes digital version)
    • 2 worksheets on finding antonyms (includes digital version)
  • 10 worksheets identifying and using example clues (includes digital version)
  • 10 worksheets identifying and using defintion clues (includes digital version)
  • 10 worksheets identifying and using contrast clues (includes digital version)
  • Quiz (includes digital version)


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Regardless of the material, we can ask students questions that will push them to think more deeply than before.


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