Lessons & Units

Vocabulary in Context

The meaning of a word within a text.
Lesson 1
Use picture cues to read unknown words
  • From Head to Toe
Lesson 2
Use picture cues to read unknown words
Use initial sounds to read unknown words
  • Growing Vegetable Soup
Lesson 1
Use visual cues to read unknown words
Use meaning cues to read unknown words
  • The Tiny Seed (Big Book)
Lesson 2
Use meaning cues to read unknown words
Use structure cues to read unknown words
  • The Tiny Seed (Big Book)
Lesson 3
Use visual, meaning, and structure clues together to determine the meaning of a word
  • Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf
Lesson 1
Use the meaning of prefixes in unknown words to determine their meaning
Lesson 2
Use the sentences before and after an unknown word to determine its meaning
  • The Life Cycle of an Emperor Penguin
Lesson 3
Use a glossary to determine the meaning of an unknown word
  • The Life Cycle of an Emperor Penguin
Lesson 4
Use a dictionary to find the meaning of unknown words in a text
  • The Mitten

Unit Reading Passages

  • A Deep Sea Wonderland
  • A Polar Bear Grows Up
  • Machines Can Move
  • Thawing the Iceman
  • Whale Watch!
Lesson 1
Use contrasting statements to determine the meaning of an unknown word
Lesson 2
Use appositives to determine the meaning of an unknown word
  • The Life Cycle of a Beetle
Lesson 3
Use a dictionary to determine the meaning of an unknown word
  • The Life Cycle of a Beetle

Unit Reading Passages

  • Are You a Fit Kid?
  • Head Count
  • Into the Flames
  • Reef Building
  • The Lobster Blues
Lesson 1
Use multiple strategies to determine the meaning of a word in context
  • Free Speech at School

Unit Reading Passages

  • Congress Speaks Spanish
  • How to Spy on Sharks
  • Mean Machines
  • Panthers in Peril
  • Under the Sea

Vocabulary in Context lessons can be found in the following fifth grade novel units:
Riding Freedom
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

Unit Reading Passages

  • Digging Deeper
  • Hot for Hybrids
  • Long Live the Vikings
  • Pet Cemetery
  • The King of Bling

Vocabulary in Context lessons can be found in the following sixth grade novel units:
Only You Can Save Mankind
A Wrinkle in Time

Unit Reading Passages

  • A Hole in the Planet!
  • Canine Courage
  • Cold Faithful
  • Just What the Doctor Ordered
  • Time Travel to Jamestown