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Fifth graders explore the glossary. In this language arts lesson, 5th graders define unknown words in a text by using the glossary. Students read a text and use the glossary to find unknown words.
Show your class how they can use a glossary to determine the meaning of an unfamiliar word. A book about the great emperor penguin is used to hone in on vocabulary development through the use of context clues and the glossary found at the back of the book. First they discuss the process as a class, then they practice as a group, and finally they complete a worksheet on their own.  
In this dictionary and glossary usage worksheet, students use the dictionary page to answer the first 6 questions. Students then use the glossary page to answer questions 7-10.
Fourth graders use two separate sources to learn about index, glossary, and table of contents usage. In this library lesson, 4th graders use two books, Learning About Weather with Graphic Organizers, and The World Almanac for Kids, to complete activities focused on using the glossary, index, and table of contents.
Fourth graders identify parts of a book including the glossary, index, and dedication. In this glossary and index instructional activity, 4th graders complete a worksheet after studying the glossary and index from a Houghton Mifflin Social Studies textbook.
In these research skills worksheets, students use a page from the dictionary to answer questions about the dictionary page. Students then study a glossary from a textbook and answer the questions that follow.
Explore text structure with a focus on the glossary feature in informational texts. Learners read a brief introduction before examining a glossary from a text about plants. They reference it while completing four comprehension questions. Ask them what they notice about the order of words in the glossary, then have learners check off other texts that are often in alphabetical order. Note this last part may present some discussion opportunities: what is the function of alphabetical order?
Students explore the sea. In this sea lesson, students fill out KWL charts and read non-fiction books about the sea. Students find and use the table of contents, index, and glossary. Students sort ocean animals into different categories according to their ecosystem.
I really like this charming presentation on the parts of a book. This PowerPoint is designed for very young readers, and colorfully shows these important elements. The information on the cover of a book, the table of contents, the glossary, and the index are all covered here. I wouldn't hesitate to use this with my kindergarten or first grade class. Very good!
Get your class acquainted with nonfiction textbooks with a useful scavenger hunt-like activity. After you review the purposes and locations of book titles, tables of contents, glossaries, and chapter headings, learners navigate the book and complete a worksheet documenting what they found and where. Great for back-to-school to establish effective ways to find information. Search results chart is included.
Designed to accompany Focus on Contemporary Arabic by Shukri Abed, this document provides 41 pages of Arabic terms with English translations. The words are organized alphabetically in Arabic and include notations that indicate colloquial terms, foreign words, common expressions, and more. Pupils will need to already have a basic understanding of Arabic in order to use the glossary.
Explore the text Keeping Tadpoles with your second, third, and fourth graders. They practice using the dictionary and glossary to locate words using the initial letter. They discuss how dictionaries and glossaries give definitions and explanations and focus on the organization of each resource. 
Eighth graders use the glossary, index, and headings to location information in their textbooks. In this textbooks lesson plan, 8th graders complete discussion questions about the information they can learn from textbook features.
In this reading comprehension instructional activity, students read a 4-paragraphs selection, read the attached glossary and respond to 12 true or false questions.
Here is an engaging and educationally sound presentation on the parts of a book. The index, glossary, table of contents, and title page are all gone over. At the end of the presentation, learners are quizzed on what they have learned. This would be a good PowerPoint for any librarian to use when giving a lesson on the parts of a book.
In this glossary activity, learners read information about a glossary and practice usage referring to the glossary example on the activity. Students answer four questions using a glossary.
Young scholars develop a glossary of English language words with Native American origins. They discuss a list of words, look up the words in a dictionary, and compile the definitions in alphabetical order in a class glossary.
In this glossary worksheet, students analyze sample pages from a glossary. Students complete 2 pages of questions in which topics are alphabetized and the correct page number is located.
What is the difference between a dictionary and a glossary? After looking at series of dictionary and glossary entries (included on the worksheet itself), learners are asked to explain the differences between these two reference resources. The exercise could also be used with English language learners.
In this glossary worksheet, students create a glossary of verbs they use while using the computer. Students create a glossary for 12 verbs.

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