Dictionary Use in the Classroom

Posted by Teresa M. on Feb 7, 2015 5:58:28 PM

Young smiling student using her laptop in a libraryDictionaries In The Classroom

Do your students struggle with comprehension due to lack of background knowledge? Increasing your students’ vocabulary will increase their reading comprehension and intellectual ability. Too often students glide right over important words that are essential to understanding main ideas. Encourage your students to develop strategies as well as allowing them to question unfamiliar words. Having a notebook handy while reading is important. This can be used to create their own vocabulary lists. These self-generated lists can be used for various thoughtful and engaging classroom activities.

Activities For Learning

ABC order-Have students put their words in ABC order.

Drawing a Definition- Have students create kid-friendly definitions complete with pictures.

Create a Word Wall- Put unfamiliar words on the wall and review frequently. Drawing a picture and attaching it to the word on the wall can be helpful for visual learners.

Dictionary/Thesaurus- Provide access to these powerful resources. Students can be reminded that they can use them at any time; not just for reading activities.

Dictionaries Are A Powerful Tool

That Can Be Used To Increase Vocabulary

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 8.41.47 PM Study Skills 1

by Laurel Associates Inc. (author) © 2008 updated © 2013 ISBN: 9781602915022

From the publisher: From reducing the stress of test taking to looking up words in a dictionary, this program has it all. Includes organizing for study, improving memory, taking notes, goal setting, and more. The Enhanced eBook edition available gives you the freedom to cut and paste any portion of the text into your own document; to project the eBook contents on a whiteboard; and more! Topics Include: Organizing for Study; Improving Memory, Anatomy of a Textbook, Taking Class Notes, The Vocabulary of Tests, and more…

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 8.47.51 PMLifeskills Vocabulary 1 Reproducible Book with CD

by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author) © 2013 ISBN: 9781612476711

From the publisher: With these workbooks you can teach real life words and skills that students can practice immediately. Furthermore, while teaching about employment forms and money management students are learning essential critical thinking, writing, and reading comprehension skills. Words are learned in context through a variety of high-interest activities including: safety signs and symbols, finding a job, personal health, cooking, smart shopping, legal documents, making a budget, and more. The self-directed activities require virtually no preparation and can be completed in one class period. Topics Include: Safety Signs and Symbols, Finding a Job, Employment Forms and Manuals, Personal Health Care, Government and Law, Media and Communication, and more…

Sample Activity From The Resource Guide

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Connection to The Common Core State Standards

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use:

(5th and 6th grade)

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4

Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4.a

Use context (e.g., cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4.b

Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., photograph, photosynthesis).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4.c

Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4

Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4.a

Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word's position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4.b

Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., audience, auditory, audible).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4.c

Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4.d

Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).

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