Context Clues Worksheets

Part of reading comprehension involves using the other words in a sentence or passage to understand an unknown word. An author often includes hints, or clues, to help the reader expand vocabulary and grasp the meaning of the passage. Skill in using context clues enables a reader to comprehend advance texts. Below are free, printable worksheets to help your student hone this skill. They may be used at home or in class.

Pick the Meaning


Let’s learn to use context clues!

Word Meaning Game


Here’s a fun game for context clues!

Word Meaning Game 2


More of the fun context clue game!

Find the Meaning from the Text

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Your student will find the word meanings in the words from “The Velveteen Rabbit.”

Finding the Meaning with Clue Words

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In this worksheet your student will learn about helpful clue words for finding the meaning of unknown words.

Look for the Meaning

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Your student will determine the meaning of a word by using context clues in this worksheet.

Play the Word Meaning Game!


This context clue game uses slightly more advanced words.

Word Detective: The Ugly Duckling

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It’s word detective time with this context clue worksheet featuring “The Ugly Duckling.”

Word Discovery


In this worksheet your student will use context clues to find the word meaning.

Context Clues: The Secret Garden

4th and 5th Grade Context Clues Worksheet - The Secret Garden

With a passage from “A Secret Garden,” this worksheet helps your student find the meaning of unknown words.

Context Clues: Words in Kidnapped

4th and 5th Grade Context Clues Worksheet Activity - Kidnapped

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic is the text for this worksheet on context clues.

Context Clues:The Meaning Is There!

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This worksheet helps your student learn to find the meaning of unknown words with context clues.

Determine the Meaning


Your student will select the word with a similar meaning in this context clue worksheet.

Using Context: Complete the Grid

Context Clues Worksheet

The context clue grid in this worksheet helps your student discover the meaning of unfamiliar words.

Analyzing Words with Context Clues

Middle School Context Clues Worksheet Activity

A riveting piece of journalism provides the text for this context clue worksheet.

Look Around! Meaning in Context

Middle School Context Clues Worksheet Lesson Activity - Look Around!

It’s all about spotting the context clues in this worksheet!

Using Antonyms for Context Clues

Using Antonyms For Context Clues - Free, Printable Worksheet Activity

In this worksheet, if you understand the antonym, you understand the word!

Using Context Clues with Literature

Context Clues Worksheet Activity - Around the World in 80 Days

Finding the meaning with context clues is the focus of this middle school worksheet.