Multiple Meaning Words
Sequencing
Context Clues
Main Idea
Inference
100

when something becomes stuck OR a gathering of musicians together

Jam

100

The dog jumped up on me. I chased the dog. The gate was left open.  

The gate was left open. I chased the dog. The dog jumped up on me.

100

If the lightbulb is too dim to illuminate, the room, it should be replaced. 

Using context clues, what does illuminate mean?

light up

100

Rabbits live together in burrows.  Their babies are born blind and without fur.  Hares live alone above ground.  Their babies are born with fur and are not blind.  In addition, hares are usually bigger than rabbits.

Rabbits and hares are not the same.

100

It was her 16th birthday and she was so excited! She ran out the front door and saw the huge ribbon tied around her present. It was so awesome! It even had a sunroof just like she wanted.

What did the girl get for her birthday? How do you know?  

A car.

Clues: 16th birthday; Ran out the door; Huge ribbon tied around it; Sunroof 

200

a felt-tipped pen used for coloring OR an object used to indicate a position or route

Marker

200

The movie was good. We bought tickets. We drove home. We watched the movie.

We bought tickets. We watched the movie. The movie was good. We drove home.

200

We do not like how the animals in the circus are treated, so our plan is to boycott the circus. 

Using context clues, what does boycott mean?

refuse to support

200

Giant pandas live in bamboo forests in China.  The average giant panda eats about 30 pounds of bamboo each day.  Unfortunately, the forests are being cut down and the giant panda is losing its habitat.

Giant pandas are losing their habitat.

200

Troy stumbled, blushed and shook as he spoke to the crowd. He had spent hours preparing what he would say. He held his speech in his hand. He was up against last year's student council president. 

Why was Troy giving a speech? How did he feel? How do you know?

Troy was running for student council president.

Troy was nervous.

Clues: Giving a Speech; Blushed and shook as he spoke; Up against last year's president.

300

a measurement of time, 1/60th of a minute OR coming after first, number 2 in order

Second

300

I ate breakfast. I hit the snooze button. I missed the bus. I stayed up late. I had to get a tardy slip.

I stayed up late. I hit the snooze button. I ate breakfast. I missed the bus. I had to get a tardy slip.

300

The company had to demolish, the building to make room for the new parking lot.  

Using context clues, what does demolish mean?

destroy



300

The Atacama Desert is located on a plateau in northern Chile.  It almost never rains in the Atacama Desert, in fact there are some areas of the desert where rainfall has never been recorded.  The average yearly rainfall in Atacama is just 1 millimeter.  Nowhere else on earth is dryer than the Atacama Desert!

The Atacama Desert is the driest place on Earth.

300

Elizabeth was so proud of her garden. She planted the seeds early in the spring and watered the plants every morning. Last Friday, Elizabeth's mom called and asked her to come over for the week because she was feeling sick. When Elizabeth came back home, her plants were bent and drooping. 

Why were the plants drooping? How do you know?

She had not watered them for a week.

Clues: Elizabeth watered plants every morning; She went to her mom's house for a week and couldn't water them.

400

a straight strip of wood, metal or plastic used to measure OR a leader

Ruler

400

John went under water in the pool. John got his bathing suit. John filled the pool with water. John dried off. John jumped in the pool. 

John got his bathing suit. John filled the pool with water. John jumped in the pool. John went under water in the pool. John dried off.

400

The best way to describe Anna is she is ambitious: she works hard and is driven to succeed. 

Using context clues, what does ambitious mean?

hard-working/driven to succeed

400

A pygmy marmoset monkey is only about 5 inches tall and weights just 4 ounces.  The pygmy marmoset is smaller than any other kind of monkey.  Pygmy marmosets live in the Amazon rain forest in South America.

The smallest monkey in the world is the pygmy marmoset monkey.

400

The light turned red and Jim did not stop. Next, there was a huge crashing sound. Jim got out of the car to inspect the damage.  Police sirens were blaring in the distance.

What happened? How do you know?

Jim was in an accident.

Clues: Ran the red light; Crashing sound; Inspect the damage; Police sirens

500

a place on the coast where boats might find protection OR to shelter/hide

Harbor

500

We took a test. I studied for the test. We read the chapter. I took notes. I got a 100 on my test!

We read the chapter. I took notes. I studied for the test. We took a test. I got a 100 on my test!

500

He knew his future was precarious. It would take only one mistake for it to fall apart. 

Using context clues, what does precarious mean?

likely to fall apart

500

Kangaroos spend most of their time in groups called mobs.  Kangaroos communicate with each other with clicks, cough, hisses, and growls.  They also groom each other by picking dirt, insects, and dead skin from each other's fur.

Kangaroos are very social animals.

500

John overslept. When he woke up and saw the clock, he jumped out of bed and scrambled around the house trying to clean himself and get dressed quickly. He grabbed his suitcase, got in the car, and sped to the airport! Five minutes after getting to there, John was disappointed.

Why was he disappointed? How do you know?

John missed his flight.

Clues: Overslept; Grabbed his suitcase; Sped to the Airport; Disappointed

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