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Every teacher needs some activities for his/her substitute teacher to lead when they're out of the classroom. Here is a nifty activity, which has the kids use dictionaries in a game format. This is meant to be left in your folder for the substitute when she comes to class. The class is divided up into two teams, and learners are paired off with one dictionary each. The teacher calls out a word and the first pair of students to raise their hands and yell out, "We've got it!" wins that round. They must read the definition of the word as proof that they found the right one.
Students understand the way the dictionary is laid out as well as the purpose for why people use dictionaries. For this language arts lesson, students recognize the need for alphabetical order and are able to find words using a dictionary. Students practice finding words and in understanting how definitions are organized.
Students are introduced to the Iditarod and create a picture dictionary of key Iditarod terms. They review photographs of mushers and sled dogs and then draw illustrations with one-line written captions to accompany the pictures for their dictionaries.
Practice researching and translating all parts of speech using a bilingual dictionary. The class uses their research to increase their own vocabulary and  learn the dictionary abbreviations for words such as transitive verb, pronoun, masculine, and feminine.
Fourth graders, after brainstorming what the word "guide" means, examine how to use guide words in a dictionary to locate words. They define "guide," identify guide words in a variety of dictionaries and locate words using guide words. Each student also completes a number of practice pages of words.
Young scholars practice using a dictionary. For this dictionary lesson, students participate in an online activity to familiarize themselves with the features and purpose of a dictionary.
In this language arts worksheet, students examine and use in writing and conversation this 47 page dictionary of common words. This is a word list with no meanings arranged in alphabetical order.
Looking for an excellent way to give your class practice using and a better understanding of how the dictionary works? Try this 4 page printable packet! They read about the dictionary, sort and alphabetize words, the create a dictionary page of their own. 
Third graders determine appropriate definitions in context. They read a passage, look up words with multiple meanings in the dictionary, and determine which definition fits. Students review guide words, entry words, parts of speech,plural, pronunciation guide, syllables, accent mark. Students also review different types of dictionaries.
Dictionary skills are important to learn. Model how to find a word in the dictionary and how to choose the correct definition. As a class, look up words from The Life Cyle of a Bettle. Additionally, encourage your class to determine which definition is correct by looking at the context of the paragraph or sentences. Send individuals off with the provided worksheet for some independent practice. The worksheet can be viewed full-size with a free membership at the hosting site.
How do I use this word? Middle schoolers review the parts of a dictionary definition and compare an entry to a thesaurus entry. They then create mini-dictionaries using the Internet and a word processor.
For this vocabulary development worksheet, students predict what 8 words mean and then check their meanings in a dictionary. Students also select 8 of their own personal words, make predictions for them, and check their meanings.
There will always be words you don't know, so how do you find their meaning? You have to use the dictionary! Provide teams of learners with this two-page packet, and have them search the dictionary for several unknown words. Words like turban, ukulele, vestry, and albumen are included, so even your most precocious learners will need to use the dictionary. 
Build your class's dictionary skills with this fun game. The activity allows learners to better understand dictionary usage, spelling, and vocabulary. By the end of this activity, they should be skilled word finders.
Second graders examine the purposes of the dictionary and practice how to use it correctly. Students discuss parts of speech, number of syllables, accent marks, antonyms, plurals, and various word ending before participating in a dictionary scavenger hunt.
Students explore all the avenues of why its important to use a dictionary to find out what a word means. The functions of a dictionary is discussed in depth within this lesson plan. They create a Spanish/English Picture Dictionary to illustrate the important use of a dictionary.
Use this resource to discuss various ways to dictionaries can be used. What a terrific presentation to display when exploring how dictionaries are used to define words, check spellings, identify parts of speech, and more. The PowerPoint also talks about the different types of dictionaries available, such as online sources and illustrated versions.
Prep your class for any upcoming standardized language test with this resource. Use the sample dictionary page included to answer the reference questions provided. Great practice is provided here!
In this recognizing parts of a dictionary worksheet, students read about the guide words, punctuation key, definition, and part of speech; read entry words and guide words; and answer comprehension questions. Students write 15 answers.