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Use Context to Work Out The Meanings of Unknown Words

In this worksheet, students will use context to infer the meaning of unfamiliar words.

'Use Context to Work Out The Meanings of Unknown Words' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Check Understanding of Text

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Worksheet Overview

Sometimes, when we are reading we come across new words that we don't understand.


girl reading book


There may be somebody around who we can ask, or we can use a dictionary, but we can also use context. This means looking at the rest of the sentence to see if it helps us understand the new word.


For example:

Jack was so hungry that he didn't leave a single particle of the cake on his plate.


You may not be familiar with the word 'particle', but from the context you can guess that it means a very small piece of something.


plate with crumbs


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