Dictionary and Thesaurus

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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.

Dictionary and Thesaurus Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Dictionary and Thesaurus.
  • Hands on homework activities giving students practice on the correct use of a dictionary and a thesaurus, etc.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

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

  1. Display the word: anachronistic. Ask: How many of you know the meaning of this word? What could you do to learn its meaning?
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. (old fashioned, outdated, old, etc.) Introduce dictionary and thesaurus.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Once completed, allow students to read aloud their stories to the class, emphasizing the synonyms. (Synonyms for each word will vary.)
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask: What is your all-time favorite word and why? What is the meaning and a synonym for the word?
  11. 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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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Reading