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Elementary schoolers use the Word Wizard Dictionary to reinforce dictionary skills. In this dictionary skills lesson plan, everyone learns about the entry words, syllables, pronunciation, parts of speech, and definitions.
In this vocabulary development worksheet, learners 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. 
In this dictionary skills learning exercise, learners analyze a sample dictionary page. Students answer 4 questions about the page. This learning exercise includes guide words, entry words and definitions.
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.
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 antonyms worksheet, students discuss the definition of antonyms and then match a list of words with their antonyms. Students match eight words. In the dictionary skills section of the worksheet students learn about a pronunciation key. Students then must use the key to write the correct word.
In this dictionary skills worksheet, students will tell which words on their list of 20 s words fall on, before, or after the page with the guide words "scream" and "scrubber". Then students will alphabetize the words.
In this dictionary skills worksheet, students choose a word and find it in dictionary. Students note the page it was found on, identify the guide words, part of speech, etymology, definition, and plural spelling of the word. In addition, students write a sentence using the word appropriately.
In this dictionary usage worksheet, students put each set of words in the table in alphabetical order. The objective is to enhance students' dictionary skills.
Second graders create a reading, vocabulary,picture dictionary on the computer. They participate in becoming familiar with some basic capabilities of a word processor. They build vocabulary, spelling, and dictionary skills, reinforce reading concepts and provide fun practice using technology with second grade deaf students.
Second and third graders discuss the definition of synonyms. They match the words from a list to their synonym in the opposite column. Everyone ends the worksheet by working on some dictionary skills, and by discussing guide words.
In this antonyms learning exercise, students discuss the meaning of antonyms and look at three examples. Students then match five words below with their antonyms. Students complete the learning exercise by working on alphabetical order in a dictionary skills section.
In this antonyms activity, students discuss the meaning of antonyms and are given three examples. Students then match a group of eight words in a box to their antonyms below. Students end this activity with a dictionary skills section where they discuss adjectives and then write three adjectives from the above list of words.
How do you know how to pronounce new words? Use this worksheet to explore the pronunciation key provided in the dictionary. Learners will read five sentences and attempt to use the key provided to decode the word in parentheses. 
Students review the letters of the alphabet. They brainstorm a list of circus-related words 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.
Learners use the dictionary's pronunciation key to help them identify the words in parentheses. This can be awfully tricky for some learners, so be sure to do several examples as a group before assigning them this independent work. 
In this dictionary skills worksheet, students identify parts of speech of given words, complete a table of irregular past tense verbs, create compound words, complete fill in the blank phrases, find noun forms of verbs, and match definitions. An answer key is included.
An online, interactive worksheet provides plenty of practice with using the dictionary. Learners look up and complete or correct 22 compound nouns and adjectives. They connect definitions of words that have affixes to the definitions of their base words. Finally, they use the dictionary to check spelling for five words and compare American and British spellings for five more. Click done to get immediate feedback.
For this dictionary skills worksheet, students locate words in the dictionary and list the guide words, page number, and part of speech for each particular word.

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