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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.
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.
Explore new words and examine an unusual alphabet book with your young scholars. They are introduced to an alphabet book containing many unfamiliar words. They are then guided as they search for definitions in a dictionary. They then create their own alphabet book based on their amazing vocabulary.
Elementary and middle schoolers write 12 words in alphabetical order. They answer seven questions using the dictionary skills of pronunciation, breaking words into syllables and finding definitions. Then they answer five questions about guide words, word type, syllables, and meaning using the word curious. Lastly, they divide three words into syllables.
Use artwork to illicit responses in a writing journal, and then present your class with the short list of key terms provided. Can your learners add any of their own key terms? Segue for a second, and read tales such as Peter Pan or Cinderella that include fairies as main characters. A set of discussion questions is included to pique your learners' interest in creating a fairy of their own. Then, as a class, create a fairy dictionary.
Learning to use the dictionary can be a fun and challenging activity. Here are two word lists where the class must first put chose the word that would go in between the provided words and then find the words that would not go between the provided pair of words. A great way to help kids learn to alphabetize.