Dictionary Skills

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Objective

SWBAT use beginning dictionaries to check spellings and determine the meaning of words.

Big Idea

Students will learn the various uses of the dictionary.

Do Now

15 minutes

I told students we were going to learn about the various uses of the dictionary. I asked them what they used the dictionary for in order to gauge what they already knew about the dictionary. Some of the responses were to check spelling and learn the meaning of words. I displayed the dictionary skills poster I’d created and discussed the other uses. I gave them approximately 15 minutes to explore the dictionary. They were very engaged and called me over often to look at interesting information they had found. They also shared with each other and I saw students flipping to the same page as their neighbor to see what was shared.

I’d created a dictionary skills sheet to help students become familiar with the different uses. I displayed the sheet on the document camera. I explained each section and had students point to each section in succession. I displayed an entry from the dictionary and modeled completing the sheet. I explained each use as I wrote. Students copied what I wrote onto their own sheets. They chose the second word we would look up. It was close to Halloween, so it was no surprise that someone shouted, “Zombie!” and all agreed. 

Independent Practice

20 minutes

I told students we were going to learn about the various uses of the dictionary. I asked them what they used the dictionary for in order to gauge what they already knew about the dictionary. Some of the responses were to check spelling and learn the meaning of words. I displayed the dictionary skills poster I’d created and discussed the other uses.

I’d created a sheet for students to become familiar with the different uses. I displayed the sheet on the document camera. I explained each section and had students point to each section in succession. I displayed an entry from the dictionary and modeled completing the sheet. I explained each use as I wrote. Students copied what I wrote onto their own sheets. They chose the second word we would look up. It was close to Halloween, so it was no surprise that someone shouted, “Zombie!” and all agreed. 

Closure

5 minutes

At the end of the lesson, we had BONUS TIME! It’s simply a game I made up as a review. I rattle the can that holds Popsicle sticks with their names on them and yell, “Bonus time!” They cheer and get super excited. I pulled a name and fired off a question about the uses of the dictionary. They had three seconds to answer. At the end of three seconds, I made a buzzing sound and pulled another name. Students are challenged to think fast. Everyone hears the correct answers eventually, so everybody learns. Students really enjoy this activity which is a little baffling because there is no prize. Perhaps it’s the high energy and excitement generated around answering the questions quickly.