Dictionary Use

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Introduce how to use a dictionary, both online and otherwise, and explain the benefits of using a dictionary with our hands-on Dictionary Use Lesson Plan, which is an excellent tool for developing written expression skills in young students.  Generalize understanding with practical application as students use a dictionary to learn about new words, pronounce words, discover additional uses for the same word, and recognize that some dictionaries include a thesaurus and other helpful tools. The concept of alphabetical order is also briefly reviewed. This versatile lesson plan can be used with online dictionaries or used in conjunction with other lessons related to the use of reference tools.

Dictionary Use Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Dictionary Use.
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on using the dictionary as a reference tool.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Introduce how to use a dictionary, both online and otherwise, and explain the benefits of using a dictionary with our hands-on Dictionary Use Lesson Plan, which is an excellent tool for developing written expression skills in young students.  Generalize understanding with practical application as students use a dictionary to learn about new words, pronounce words, discover additional uses for the same word, and recognize that some dictionaries include a thesaurus and other helpful tools. The concept of alphabetical order is also briefly reviewed. This versatile lesson plan can be used with online dictionaries, or used in conjunction with other lessons related to the use of reference tools.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

1. Display a dictionary. Ask students: Why do dictionaries exist? What are their uses?
2. Allow for responses and discussion. Display a list of the students’ responses. Ask: How often do you use a dictionary? What are the advantages of using a dictionary?
3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Dictionary Use.
4. Distribute Dictionary Use content pages. Read/review the information with the students. Distribute a dictionary to each student. Use to demonstrate each section of the dictionary, how to use it etc.
5. Discuss the final question: What letter in a dictionary do you think has the most and least entries? (The letter S has the most words, X has the least words) Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Distribute dictionaries. Use the prepared
list of words and display one word at a time for students to look up in the dictionary. Give students a set amount of time and then announce STOP. Repeat for a set number of words.
7. Once all words have been used, students share the information for each word, and will compute points for each
word and the total. (Students may exchange papers.)
8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
9. Distribute the Homework page. Remind students to ask for help. Check the next day.
10. In closing, using a regular or online dictionary, ask students to find a word they have never seen or used before and
share its definition and other information with the class.

Common Core State Standards: 

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Reading