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Context Clues Task Cards – Defining Made Up Words – With Differentiation!

Engage students in practicing context clues with fun task cards featuring alien language words. Evaluate proficiency in deducing meanings from context. Includes print and digital versions, differentiation options, and additional resources. Great for 2nd-4th grade. Check out the preview for more details.


32 Task Cards + Digital Versions
PDF, Google Apps™
Answer Key Included


Practice using context clues with fun, engaging task cards! Each task card has a sentence with a word from an “alien language” that students are prompted to define by multiple choice answers or short answers.

These cards are an excellent tool for evaluating students’ proficiency in using context clues, demonstrating their ability to deduce meanings from surrounding text rather than just relying on a robust vocabulary.



  • 32 Task Cards – Multiple Choice Version (prints 4 to a page)
    • Black-line
    • Color

  • 32 Task Cards – Short Answer Version (prints 4 to a page)
    • Black-line
    • Color

  • Recording Sheets
  • Answer Keys


  • Google Slides – Multiple Choice
  • Google Slides – Short Answer


  • Digital or Print
  • Challenge Cards to extend the lesson
  • Multiple-Choice or Short Answer
    • Note: Both options have the same sentences on the task cards.

  • Multiple versions of the recording sheet included

Great for 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade!


NOTE: This resource uses American English and is not editable.

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About the Author

Rachel Lynette is a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects, as well as several teacher resource books. She has written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, Kagan, and several others. This resource reflects more than a decade of professional writing experience.

Terms of Use

This resource was created by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack for Minds in Bloom INC., all rights reserved. It may be used by the original purchaser for single class use only. Teachers may distribute this product in email, through google classroom or over the Internet to their students (and parents) as long as the site is password protected. In other words, you may distribute it to your own students, but may not put it on the Internet where it could be publicly found and downloaded.

If you want to share this resource with colleagues, please purchase additional licenses. Thank you for respecting these terms of use.

This product is happily brought to you by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack of Minds in Bloom.


Additional information

Main Subjects

Balanced Literacy, ELA Test Prep, English Language Arts

Grade Level

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Resource Type

Activities, Task Cards

4 reviews for Context Clues Task Cards – Defining Made Up Words – With Differentiation!

  1. viet V.

    Great Resource .

  2. Modern Language Academy

    I’m looking forward to using this resource with my ESL students this autumn!

  3. Cheryl Holmes

    Cute alien graphics used to teach how to utilize context clues. The gibberish words were believable.

  4. TheHappyTeacher

    Cute, easy to read design with fun graphics! Perfect for reviewing context clues!

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