Use our Dictionary and Thesaurus Lesson Plan to help students define and correctly use a dictionary and a thesaurus, both print and digital, as a resource for vocabulary development, written expression, and reading comprehension. Engaging students’ creativity and humor, solidify the practical use of a dictionary and thesaurus, while building confidence as students share their stories with the class.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Display the word: anachronistic. Ask: How many of you know the meaning of this word? What could you do to learn its meaning?
- Allow for responses and discussion. (Something oldfashioned or out of place, like an old rotary phone alongside a smartphone, or electricity being available during the middle ages. Chronologically misplaced.) Give students hints for its definition.
- Once correctly defined, ask students what other words can be used instead of anachronistic. Ask: How could you find words to use instead of anachronistic?
- Allow for responses and discussion. (old fashioned, outdated, old, etc.) Introduce dictionary and thesaurus.
- Distribute Dictionary and Thesaurus content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Either distribute dictionaries/ thesauruses or allow digital references. Give students sufficient time to complete both stories and encourage creativity and/or humor.
- Once completed, allow students to read aloud their stories to the class, emphasizing the synonyms. (Synonyms for each word will vary.)
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask: What is your all-time favorite word and why? What is the meaning and a synonym for the word?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Give each student time to think of one, and then a chance to share their response.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.4.D, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.4.C, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.4.C, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.4.C
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.
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