Common Core: 3rd Grade English Language Arts : Use Context to Find the Meaning of a Word or Phrase: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.4.A

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Example Question #1 : Use Context To Find The Meaning Of A Word Or Phrase: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.4.A

Use the sentences below to define "elegant". 

The princess looked very elegant at the ball. She wore a beautiful black dress that fit her perfectly. 

Possible Answers:

To look very put together and stylish 

To look hungry 

To look tired

To look very messy

Correct answer:

To look very put together and stylish 

Explanation:

The two sentences are describing the princess. In the second sentence we are told that she wore a beautiful black dress that fit her well. We can assume that this means she looked good; thus, the best answer choice is "To look very put together and stylish". 

Example Question #2 : Use Context To Find The Meaning Of A Word Or Phrase: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.4.A

Sara struggled to finish her homework assignment on her own, so she asked her mom for help. 

Based on the text, what does the word “struggled” mean?

 

Possible Answers:

to have a hard time

to win

to accomplish a goal

to excel

Correct answer:

to have a hard time

Explanation:

To struggle is to have a hard time with something. Sara needed help with the homework assignment so this lets readers know she is not able to do this on her own.

Example Question #3 : Use Context To Find The Meaning Of A Word Or Phrase: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.4.A

Whenever Ben needs help making a decision, he goes to his dad for advice. After talking with his dad, Ben always knows what to do. Based on the text, what does the word “advice” mean?

Possible Answers:

a thoughtful process

to obey all orders given

a tough decision to be made

An opinion offered to help make a decision

Correct answer:

An opinion offered to help make a decision

Explanation:

Advice is an opinion offered to help make a decision. The context clues in the sentence “help making a decision”, “talking”, and “knows what to do” point readers to the meaning of the word.

Example Question #4 : Use Context To Find The Meaning Of A Word Or Phrase: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.4.A

Travis is in a very bad mood. He’s had a bad attitude all day. 

Based on the text, what does the word “attitude” mean?

Possible Answers:

a negative feeling

a way of feeling about something

a way of talking about something

a positive feeling

Correct answer:

a way of feeling about something

Explanation:

Attitude means a way of feeling about something or someone. This sentence describes the attitude that Travis has, bad. The sentence gives clues that attitude relates to mood.

Example Question #5 : Use Context To Find The Meaning Of A Word Or Phrase: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.4.A

Gabe is very clever. Whenever the teacher asks him a question, he is quick to respond with the correct answer.

Based on the text, what does the word “clever” mean?

Possible Answers:

having an ability to make people laugh

having an ability to make people smile

having a bright, sharp, quick mind

having a positive learning experience

Correct answer:

having a bright, sharp, quick mind

Explanation:

To be clever means to have a bright, sharp, and quick mind. Clever can mean to be smart. The context clues in the sentence “quick to respond with a correct answer” allude to the meaning of clever.

Example Question #6 : Use Context To Find The Meaning Of A Word Or Phrase: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.4.A

I was so tired on the way to school. I accidentally dozed off in the bus but woke up right when we arrived at school. 

Based on the text, what does the word “dozed” mean?

Possible Answers:

to fall off of something

to trip and fall

to fall asleep for a short time

to run into something

Correct answer:

to fall asleep for a short time

Explanation:

Dozed means to fall asleep for a short time. The context clues in this sentence that point to the meaning of dozed are “tired” and “woke up” meaning it has something to do with sleep. When thinking of the context of the sentence a bus ride isn’t long so as a reader we can infer this happens over a short time.

Example Question #7 : Use Context To Find The Meaning Of A Word Or Phrase: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.4.A

Justine was holding my hand tightly as we ran together, but as we started going uphill she lost her grasp.

Based on the text, what does the word “grasp” mean?

Possible Answers:

To be pushing something

To hold onto something by hand

To carry

To exercise together

Correct answer:

To hold onto something by hand

Explanation:

Grasp means to hold on to something by hand. The context clue in this sentence that guides readers to the meaning of grasp is “holding hand tightly”.

Example Question #8 : Use Context To Find The Meaning Of A Word Or Phrase: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.4.A

Adley’s grandma loves to spoil her. Adley’s grandma always brings a new toy for Adley every time she visits.

Based on the text, what does the word “spoil” mean?

Possible Answers:

to be given too much of something

to be appreciated

to be sad

to be happy

Correct answer:

to be given too much of something

Explanation:

To spoil means to be given too much of something. The context of this sentence tells us that Adley’s grandmother “brings a new toy every time she visits” which means she is receiving a gift at every visit which could be interpreted as too much.

Example Question #9 : Use Context To Find The Meaning Of A Word Or Phrase: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.4.A

Ben has never won a wrestling match when Brian has been his opponent. Ben hopes that he can beat Brian today, but he is nervous. 

Based on the text, what does the word “opponent” mean?

Possible Answers:

Someone who plays on the same team

Some who is very talented in a certain sport

Someone who fights or plays against someone else

Someone who lacks talent in a certain sport

Correct answer:

Someone who fights or plays against someone else

Explanation:

An opponent is someone who fights or plays against someone else. As readers, we understand from the context that this is a sporting match and they are facing each other.

Example Question #10 : Use Context To Find The Meaning Of A Word Or Phrase: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.4.A

It rained overnight, so when Kate went outside the next morning there was moisture on the grass. 

Based on the text, what does the word “moisture” mean?

Possible Answers:

Liquid on a surface

to be dry

to participate in

to help in some way

Correct answer:

Liquid on a surface

Explanation:

Moisture is liquid on a surface. The clue “rained” in this sentence lets readers know that there was water/wetness the previous night which matches the correct answer choice including “liquid”.

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