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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.
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.
Practice dictionary skills and participate in a class discussion about lyrical poetry. Ninth graders examine and discuss the different sections/quartiles of the dictionary, and identify which quartile a list of words would be found. They then read the poem "Ode to a Nightingale," and identify the characteristics the poem has that makes it a lyrical poem.
Students review the letters of the alphabet. They discuss activities they do at or around their homes. They brainstorm the names of things they find at home that start with a particular letter of the alphabet and then sort them into alphabetical order. Through teacher modeling and guided practice, they discover how to find some of the words in the picture dictionary.
In this analogies instructional activity, students discuss the definition of an analogy. Students are given an example to show an analogy. Students then must finish 8 analogies by writing a word from a box that completes the analogy. Students end the instructional activity by doing a dictionary skills section where they are learning about nouns.