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Work Out New Words by Reading On

In this worksheet, students work out the meaning of new words by reading the rest of the sentence and going back.

'Work Out New Words by Reading On' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Identify Text Meaning

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

When we read we often come across words that we don't know. One thing we can do is to read the rest of the sentence and then go back to the difficult word and try again.

 

Look at this sentence:

Josh was feeling fatigued so he went to bed early.

 

You may not know the word 'fatigued' but by reading on you can work out that it probably means 'very tired'.

 

In this worksheet you can practise working out the meaning of new words by reading the whole sentence and then going back.

Read this sentence.

 

'I'm famished, Mum. What's for tea?'

 

What do you think the word 'famished' means?

very tired

very bored

very hungry

Read this sentence.

 

Joe was devastated when he failed his exam.

 

What do you think the word 'devastated' means?

very upset

very tired

very happy

Read this sentence.

 

Jessica was ecstatic when she got a new puppy for her birthday.

 

What do you think the word 'ecstatic' means?

very sad

very happy

very tired

Read these sentences.

 

Liam found the roller coaster ride exhilarating. He was screaming and laughing at the same time.

 

What do you think the word 'exhilarating' means?

very boring

very exciting

very tiring

Read this sentence.

 

The cave is treacherous when the tide starts to come in.

 

What do you think the word 'treacherous' means?

very safe

very quiet

very dangerous

Read this sentence.

 

Billy was very contrite after he broke his mum's favourite vase.

 

What do you think the word 'contrite' means?

happy

tired

sorry

Read this sentence.

 

The ground was saturated after it rained for two days.

 

What do you think the word 'saturated' means?

a bit damp

very wet

quite dry

Read this sentence.

 

The mountain was steep and rocky so the children found the climb arduous.

 

What do you think the word 'arduous' means?

easy

quick

difficult

Read this sentence.

 

Bella felt very melancholy after her hamster died.

 

What do you think the word 'melancholy' means?

happy

sad

excited

Read these sentences.

 

Josh is an industrious boy. He always hands his homework in on time.

 

What do you think the word 'industrious' means?

lazy

hard-working

shy

  • Question 1

Read this sentence.

 

'I'm famished, Mum. What's for tea?'

 

What do you think the word 'famished' means?

CORRECT ANSWER
very hungry
  • Question 2

Read this sentence.

 

Joe was devastated when he failed his exam.

 

What do you think the word 'devastated' means?

CORRECT ANSWER
very upset
  • Question 3

Read this sentence.

 

Jessica was ecstatic when she got a new puppy for her birthday.

 

What do you think the word 'ecstatic' means?

CORRECT ANSWER
very happy
  • Question 4

Read these sentences.

 

Liam found the roller coaster ride exhilarating. He was screaming and laughing at the same time.

 

What do you think the word 'exhilarating' means?

CORRECT ANSWER
very exciting
  • Question 5

Read this sentence.

 

The cave is treacherous when the tide starts to come in.

 

What do you think the word 'treacherous' means?

CORRECT ANSWER
very dangerous
  • Question 6

Read this sentence.

 

Billy was very contrite after he broke his mum's favourite vase.

 

What do you think the word 'contrite' means?

CORRECT ANSWER
sorry
  • Question 7

Read this sentence.

 

The ground was saturated after it rained for two days.

 

What do you think the word 'saturated' means?

CORRECT ANSWER
very wet
  • Question 8

Read this sentence.

 

The mountain was steep and rocky so the children found the climb arduous.

 

What do you think the word 'arduous' means?

CORRECT ANSWER
difficult
  • Question 9

Read this sentence.

 

Bella felt very melancholy after her hamster died.

 

What do you think the word 'melancholy' means?

CORRECT ANSWER
sad
  • Question 10

Read these sentences.

 

Josh is an industrious boy. He always hands his homework in on time.

 

What do you think the word 'industrious' means?

CORRECT ANSWER
hard-working
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