Teaching context clues can be complicated. It’s hard to find text that meet various levels and provide different types of clues to practice. That is why I love using Bilingual books even in monolingual classrooms. My Spanish speakers love leading the way during these lessons and most of my monolingual students don’t know any of the Spanish words!
Be sure to pick bilingual books that contain mostly English sentences with one, maybe two, Spanish words in a paragraph. Full sentence translations won’t help your students. And too many Spanish words in a paragraph can also cause confusion.
Before I read, I remind students of these strategies:
- look at pictures,
- break words into recognizable pieces,
- look for synonyms and antonyms,
- think about root word meanings
I really love the Skippyjon Jones series, any of those books are great!!! But here are a few more...
- The Princesa and the Pea by Suzanne Middleton Elya
- Dear Primo, A Letter to My Cousin by Duncan Tanatiuh
- Fire/Fuego Brave Bomberos by Suzanne Middleton Elya
- Round is a Tortilla (for younger readers)
- Gaspacho for Nacho (a challenge for older readers)
Check out my web page for online games and a video on Context Clues.
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