Lesson Plan

Context Clue Detectives

Young detectives will have a blast as they find context clues and solve a mystery in this fun-filled lesson plan. By paying close attention to a story, students will figure out missing letters to decipher a hidden message.
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Read the text and get a clue about what’s going on in this language arts lesson! Perfect for first graders, this reading activity helps kids identify clues like titles, illustrations, and surrounding words to help them understand a story. As they practice determining meaning using context clues, they will be ready to start filling in any missing information. The Context Clue Detectives lesson plan highlights skills every good reader will want to practice and features several engaging activities.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use context clues to identify words within different sentences.


(5 minutes)
Guess the First LetterClosing Activity
  • Introduce the concept of context clues. Tell the students, "Good readers use titles, illustrations, and words in a book to help them make sense of what they are reading. An unfamiliar word you find is like a mystery. Without that word, the sentence you read will not make sense."
  • Let them know that being a good reader is like being a good detective. One must pay close attention to all of the clues in the story, then reread to go over them.