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SMART Board Lesson Plan on Context Clues

By Krima Olive Molina

Maximize your SMART Board use during your context clues lesson with these engaging and efficient lesson plan ideas. In this sample lesson plan, an interactive discussion followed by an enrichment game will make full use of the SMART Board to draw out full learning from your students.

To introduce your lesson on context clues, SMART Board use is a meaningful and fun way to maximize a group learning experience in your classroom. Here is an outline of a sample lesson plan:


Context Clues on SMART Board


80 minutes


SMART Board presentation on context clues

context clues activity sheet, for individual practice


context clue (1) The students will be able to define what a context clue is.

(2) The students will be able to recognize context clues in given sentences and paragraphs.

(3) The students will be able to unlock vocabulary challenge words using context clues.

Setting the Stage

1. Project on the SMART Board a sentence with a difficult word in it.

2. Have some volunteers go to the board and scribble some synonyms of the word (if some students can think of any). If there is a majority of clueless faces among your class, project another sentence with the same difficult word. The trick here is to make sure that your projected sentences include words that clue in on what the challenge word is pertaining to.

3. Make this short drill an gripping one for them by challenging the class (Let's see who gets to figure out the word's meaning first.)

4. Then, ask students what made them arrive at those synonyms/definitions.

5. Use the students' answers on #4 as a take-off point to launch into the definition of context clues.

Instructional Input

1. After letting the students elicit their own definition of what a context clue is, choose a student to scribble the definition on the SMART Board.

2. Present an interactive context clues lecture that includes sample sentences with context clues. Model the identification of context clues as you go through each sentence by highlighting challenge words in green and the context clues in yellow. For example, a sample

3. Allow several opportunities for the students to go up to the front and highlight context clues for everyone to see. This gives you the opportunity to check for understanding and see how the students are taking in the lesson.

4. After giving sample sentences, try presenting to the class sample passages with context clues across sentences.

5. Guided Practice: Give a short drill/game: Divide the class into two teams. They are to unlock vocabulary words flashed on the SMART Board. One representative per team at a time is to go to the SMART Board and highlight the context clue for each sentence with a vocabulary challenge word. Make sure to provide comments to process each correct answer. The first team to acquire the most number of points after ten turns wins.

6. Independent Practice: Hand out the activity sheets for the students to answer individually. The activity may include multiple choice, fill in the blanks, and passages with vocabulary challenge words they have to unlock.

Making context clues SMART Board lesson plans are much better alternatives than having the kids go through their lesson on handouts or on paper. The use of the SMART Board provides a dynamic and lively venue for group learning that allows the students to benchmark and gauge their own learning against the teacher's standards and their classmates' skills.

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