and how do I find words I don't know?
are three strategies that you can use to help you when you come
across a word that you don't know. These three ways are:
- Use Context Clues
- Use a Dictionary
- Use a Thesaurus
Let's figure out how to use each
Sometimes you read or hear
words that are new to you. Words that come before and after a
new word may help you find its meaning. These clues are called
context clues. Context Clues help you understand
meanings of new words.
Example: The teacher talked about addition, subtraction, and
Geometry? That may
be a new word for you! But, look at the words that came before it.
Addition and subtraction are both math terms. Geometry is also a
Sometimes you may need a
dictionary to help find the meaning of a
new word. A dictionary explains what a word means. You
may need to look through many meanings to find the one that will
make sense and explain what you are reading.
1. great honor and praise that is given to someone or something by
others; fame. 2.something that brings great honor and praise.
3. brightness; great beauty and splendor.
meaning of glory is this an example sentence.
Example- The autumn leaves blazed in all their glory.
For this example the best fit for the meaning of glory in this sentence
would be number three. Brightness, great beauty and splendor is
describing the autumn leaves.
Sometimes you may be reading or writing a word and may want to
find another word that means the same thing (synonym) or maybe
the opposite (antonym). A
is a great tool to use for just this occasion!
Example: The word is easy.
Cathy completed the easy crossword puzzle.
(same)- Cathy completed the simple crossword puzzle.
(opposite)- Cathy completed the difficult crossword puzzle.
To find meanings for
words you may not know, use:
Clues-read before and after to help define words you may not know.
it up-what does it mean. Read carefully, there may be more than one
words that mean the same or the opposite.
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