Context Clues
Social Scenarios
Figurative Language

My absent-minded teacher loses his keys and his pencil almost everyday!

Be hateful


Be intelligent



Your friend is late to school, and you see an unopened toothbrush in her backpack. Why do you think she was late?

She went to the dentist in the morning.


Kevin’s teacher, Mr. Madison, allows students to eat snacks in the classroom as long as they stay on task. Today Mr. Madison is sick, so the class has a substitute teacher. Kevin is eating his apple when the substitute walks up to him and says sarcastically, “I didn’t know it was snack time”. What is the substitute thinking? How does Kevin feel? What should Kevin do?

The substitute might be thinking that Kevin is being disrespectful/not following rules. Kevin might be embarrassed or frustrated. He could explain that Mr. Madison allows them to snack if they are on task but if the substitute won't allow it - Kevin should put his snack away.


Brian’s father asked him to take out the big smelly trash and do the dishes, while his brother only had to wipe the table, which made Brian feel like he got the short end of the stick. 

  • Brian felt like he got stuck with the worst chore.
  • Brian's brother wanted to find his hockey stick.
  • Brian thought cleaning the dishes would be easy.

The beautiful scenery had a hazy quality, which unfortunately made it hard to see. 



Misty, foggy

Clear, sunny


The defense players tried their best, but the other team still scored. 


Players who block


Players who score


Your sister is making cookies, and it takes much longer than it usually does. When you are done, you notice some cookies are in the trash. What do you think happened?

She made a mistake on her first try (wrong ingredients, burned, etc.)


Eli and his friends like to skate in the Kroger parking lot. One day the manager comes out to talk to them and tells them they need to go somewhere else. Eli’s friend Trevor tells the manager they can skate wherever they want. Eli doesn’t think this is true. 

How does Eli feel? How does the manager feel? What is the manager thinking? What should Eli do?

Eli is probably embarrassed, worried, concerned, etc.

The manager is probably frustrated, angry, etc. He/she might be thinking that he needs to the next step to get the kids to stop skating there.

Eli should try to persuade his friends to skate elsewhere OR not skate with them anymore in that parking lot.


Trisha was really excited about taking the Advance Placement English Class, but after getting her syllabus on the first day and seeing the workload, she was ready to jump ship.  

  • Trisha no longer wanted to be in the AP English class.
  • Trisha wanted to take an even harder class.
  • Trisha thought the class would be easy.

After having no food for 2 days, the man was very feeble. He could barely stand up. 






After the harvest, we had an abundant amount of apples. We had so many apples!

A shortage

Not enough

Very green

A lot- almost too much 


When you get home from your friend’s house, you see medicine out of the counter. Your mom tells you your sister is laying down in her room. What do you think happened?

Your sister is not feeling well.


Sam is very shy. He has been friends with Gavin since 4th grade. They are still friends, but they go to different schools. Sam goes to Gavin’s 13th birthday party. He does not know anyone at the party except Gavin. Everyone is talking about people that Sam doesn’t know. How does Sam feel? What is Sam thinking? How does Gavin feel? What should Sam do?

Sam might feel left out & not sure what to talk about.

Gavin might feel like he needs to hang by Sam since he doesn't know anyone or introduce him to new friends.

Sam could introduce himself and try to ask questions about Gavin's other friends to get to know them.


After Ms. Ruiz caught Matthew chewing gum for the third time, Ms. Ruiz called Matthew's father only to hear Matthew's father loudly chewing gum over the phone, which made Ms. Ruiz think to herself, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

  • Ms. Ruiz thinks that Matthew looks like his father.
  • Ms. Ruiz thinks that Matthew acts a lot like his father.
  • Ms. Ruiz does not like the tree in front of her window.

The messenger was intercepted on his way to the king and the letter was never delivered. 

Stopped, cut off

Rushed, hurried

Fell, tripped



The bear was sluggish after the long winter of hibernation. Her cubs had no trouble keeping up with her. 






You see a little boy in a wet bathing suit crying as he walks towards the car with his mom. He is pulling on her hand towards the beach. What do you think is happening?

The boy does not want to leave the beach.


Carson is enrolled in 3 gifted classes this year. He spends hours doing his homework every night and does not go to sleep until midnight at the earliest. Carson just had a test in two of his gifted classes. He thought he prepared for them well. On Thursday, he gets his tests back. On one test, he got a 62%. On the other test he got a 70%. How does Carson feel? What is Carson thinking? What should Carson do?

Carson might feel disappointed, sad, frustrated, defeated, etc.

He might be in disbelief if he felt he was prepared for the tests.

He might need to talk to the teacher about how he studies and what he could improve on.


Sam was accusing her classmates of stealing her fitbit watch until she found it in her backpack, and then she tried to sweep it under the rug.

  • Sam thinks her phone is under her rug at home.
  • Sam wants to pretend that the incident never happened.
  • Sam thinks that her classmates hid her phone from her.

The twinkling Christmas lights illuminated the dark sky. It was almost as bright as day!



To cover

To darker


The spies were able to evade being caught using a disguise. 

Run very fast


Hold tightly



You are at your friend’s house when their mom gets home. She puts her things on the counter and you notice a stethoscope, dog treats, and bandages. What do you think her job is?

She is a vetrinarian.


Brian gets very nervous interacting with people he doesn’t know well. In the cafeteria, he doesn’t talk very much. The group he sits with seems nice, but he never knows what to talk about with them. Today Aria is sitting across from Brian at the table. She talks about a movie Brian has never seen. He doesn’t know what to say next. Aria is looking at him. What is Brian thinking? How does Brian feel? What should Brian do?

Brian might be thinking that he doesn't know what to say, he doesn't want to be rude, he can't think of anything to ask. He might feel nervous or anxious.

Brian could tell Aria he hasn't seen the movie and ask what other movies she likes.


You might think that Brandon Johnson has everything, but if you saw how poorly he was doing in school, I guarantee that you wouldn’t want to be in his shoes.

  • Brandon is so behind in school that it’s unpleasant to imagine having his grades.
  • Brandon gets his shoes dirty at school.
  • Brandon’s shoes are too small and they do not fit.

The story sounded pecuilar. She didn't know whether or not to believe it. 





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