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Grade 4 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.4.4
The following directions are found at the beginning of a cookbook:

1. Always use Pillsbury's Best Flour.

2. Sift flour twice before adding to cakes or breakfast cakes.

3. Make all measurements level by using edge of knife to lightly scrape off from top of cup or spoon until material is even with the edges.

4. Use same sized cups or spoons in measuring for the same recipe.

5. Before starting to make recipe, read through carefully, then put on table all the materials and tools needed in making that particular recipe.

Based on the passage, the word LEVEL used in #3 most likely means
  1. to make sure all measurements are the same size.
  2. to get rid of any excess ingredients.
  3. to scrape spilled ingredients off the counter.
  4. to fill the measuring cups to the edge.
Grade 4 Context Clues
The young girl is working day and night to knit scarves to send as gifts for the soldiers. What a selfless person she is!

A selfless person                                     .
  1. is selfish
  2. has no name
  3. is too young to work
  4. likes scarves
  5. cares more about others than herself
Grade 4 Context Clues
"The sailors will have an easy day sailing because the sea is calm." What best defines the word "calm"?
  1. wild
  2. beautiful
  3. without disturbance or motion
  4. old
Grade 4 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.4.4

This question is a part of a group with common instructions. View group »

What does the word FAIR mostly likely mean in the final stanza?
  1. okay
  2. equal
  3. beautiful
  4. carnival
Grade 4 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.4.4
What is Dew?

Moisture collected from the atmosphere by the action of cold. During the day, the powerful heat of the sun causes to arise from the earth and water a moist vapor, which, after the sun sinks below the horizon, is condensed by the cold, and falls in the form of dew. Dew is more copious in the Spring and Autumn than at any other season. It is also more common in warm countries than in cold ones because of the sudden changes of temperature. Egypt abounds in dew all summer long; for the air is too hot to condense the vapors in the day-time and the dew never gathers into clouds and form rain.

According to the passage above, dew is most likely
  1. large drops of rain falling from the sky.
  2. water vapor that condenses in the clouds.
  3. small droplets that form when water vapor condenses.
  4. the water that makes up the lakes and puddles on earth.
Grade 4 Context Clues
"I like to listen to the birds chirping." What best describes the word "listen"?
  1. to try to hear a sound
  2. to imitate a sound
  3. to look for something intently
  4. to wonder about something
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Elle grabbed the pile of clothes that were sitting on her poolside lounge chair. She giggled as she held them in her arms and jumped into the pool. Her brother was getting out of the pool and saw Elle dunking his clothes in the water.

"What are you doing?" he yelled over Elle's laughing fits.

He yanked his clothes from her grasp and tried to wring the water out of them. When he untwisted his clothes, they were a little drier, but very wrinkled. He put his clothes back on the chair. Then, he grabbed Elle's towel and tossed it into the pool.

In paragraph 2, the word WRING means to:
  1. soak
  2. dry
  3. twist
  4. iron
Grade 4 Context Clues
Use what you know about compound words to answer this question.

Which words tell the meaning of the compound word in the sentence below?

Evelyn walked on the "sidewalk" on her way home from school.
  1. A path that leads to school
  2. A place along a road where people walk
  3. A path that passes through people's homes
  4. A place where cars and other vehicles drive
Grade 4 Context Clues
Use what you know about compound words to answer this question.

Which words tell the meaning of the compound word in the sentence below?

The driver turned the "headlights" on when it grew dark outside.
  1. small light you carry
  2. lights over your head
  3. glasses for night driving
  4. lights on the front of the car
Grade 4 Context Clues
What does the word "symphony" mean in the sentence below?

The audience enjoyed the composer's new symphony.
  1. Music
  2. Conductor
  3. Musician
  4. Instrument
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Your plan looks good. It's time to IMPLEMENT it and see if works.

Based on the sentence above, what does IMPLEMENT mean?
  1. instrument
  2. take apart
  3. change
  4. carry out
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What does the word "focus" mean in the sentence below?

Today's history lesson will focus on early explorers.
  1. Practice
  2. Improve
  3. Remember
  4. Concentrate
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When the Pilgrims landed in what is now Massachusetts, they were afraid that the Indians would attack them. However, the Indians that they ENCOUNTERED were a peaceful and generous tribe.

What does the word ENCOUNTER mean?
  1. meet
  2. fight
  3. hide from
  4. ignore
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The fish were placed in the aquarium as soon as we returned home from the pet store.
AQUARIUM most likely means:
  1. a person who drinks a lot of water
  2. a swimming pool
  3. a place that has water for fish
  4. a pet store
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An article in the newspaper says that the Harry Potter series is responsible for the DWINDLING number of wild owls in America. This is happening because the wild owls are being trapped and sold as pets to kids who are fans of the Harry Potter books. As you may already know, Harry has his own pet owl named Hedwig.

What does DWINDLING mean?
  1. appearing in movies
  2. becoming less
  3. flying
  4. becoming more
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What does the word "telegraph" mean in the sentence below?

The soldier delivered the telegraph to the general.
  1. Maps used for planning
  2. Treaty signed by two people
  3. Message sent through cables
  4. Orders carried out by an army
Grade 4 Context Clues
What do you think the capitalized word means in the following sentence?
Most kids can't RESIST eating chocolate chip cookies if they are out on the table.
  1. eat
  2. throw away
  3. stay away from
Grade 4 Context Clues
What does the word "autograph" mean in the sentence below?

We stood in line to get the author's autograph.
  1. Book
  2. Smile
  3. Picture
  4. Signature
Grade 4 Context Clues
The booklet from the Dairy Council was given to each student.
BOOKLET most likely means:
  1. small book
  2. someone who reads
  3. in the direction of a big city
  4. a letter
Grade 4 Context Clues
My sister is a HYPOCHONDRIAC because she thinks she needs crutches for a bruised knee.

Based on the sentence above, what does HYPOCHONDRIAC mean?
  1. person who overreacts to medical issues
  2. person who is weird
  3. person who has problems
  4. person who likes cheese
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