We are forever asking students to apply “context clues” when they come across a tricky word. To make this more intentional, provide each student a copy of the vertical WordMark/bookmark. Download template. As he comes to a word that is new or tricky, the student writes down the new word and where he found it (page number/paragraph number). With each word spot, there are a couple of lines for the student to also jot down what he thinks the word means. Rereading for clues in nearby sentences, the student writes down what he predicts the word means and then resumes reading independently.
This is a great independent strategy for reading, sustained silent reading during Classroom Library, sustained silent reading, literature groups, and guided reading groups. Once words are collected, plan time to go over these tricky words and their inferred meanings.