Lesson: 3: Dictionary

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to use a dictionary to determine the meaning of an unknown word.

Lesson Plan

(I)               will explain that sometimes when I am reading, if I don’t know what a word means, I use a dictionary to look up the meaning of the word. I will read “What is a beetle?” (pages 67) in The Life Cycle of a Beetle aloud. I will use a dictionary to look up the words “thorax” and “organs”. I will model how to find the word in the dictionary using alphabetical order and guide words. I will also model choosing the correct definition by reading all the definitions and then rereading the sentence in the text. I will think aloud as I identify the correct meaning based on what makes sense in the text. 
 
(We)           will use a dictionary to look up the meaning of the words “abdomen,” “hind,” and “compound”. We will determine the correct definition of each word by thinking about the context of the paragraph or sentence. We will explain how we determined which meaning of each word was correct.
 
(You)          will read “All grown up” (pages 1819) and use a dictionary to look up the words “species,” “mandibles,” “fierce,” and “larvae”. You will use the context of the paragraph or sentence to determine the correct meaning for each word. (Independent Practice is provided.)
 
Note:          You will have to provide students with pages 1819 of The Lifecycle of a Beetle so that they can read the pages and use them with the Independent Practice worksheet.


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