Calling all wordsmiths! October 16 is Dictionary Day, named in honor of the birthday of that famous American wordsmith, Noah Webster. To recognize this special day, Education World offers eight lessons to involve students in using dictionaries! Included: Activities that teach guide words, involve young students in creating picture dictionaries and playing a dictionary game, and much more!
Where can your students find the answers to those and other baffling word questions? Check the dictionary!
Celebrate the wonder of words! Encourage the future lexicographers in your classroom with the lessons below. A brief description is provided for each lesson. Click any headline for a complete teaching resource.
Guide Word Sentences
Students write sentences using dictionary guide words, putting two guide words in the same sentence. (3-5, 6-8)
Using Dictionary Entries
Students answer work sheet questions about dictionary entries. (3-5, 6-8)
Sound It Out
Students match phonetic spellings with real spellings of words on a dictionary page. (3-5, 6-8)
Up from the Roots
Students create new words by combining root words and/or short words. (3-5, 6-8)
Create a Word
Students brainstorm new words for a class dictionary! (3-5, 6-8, 9-12)
My Own Picture Dictionary
Students create a personal picture dictionary. (Pre-K, K-2)
Noah Webster and His Dictionary
Students use library or online sources to create time lines about Noah Webster, who compiled the first American dictionary, and the development of dictionaries. (6-8, 9-12)
Article by Lois Lewis
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