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For use with an ESOL student in preparation for using a translation dictionary - thank you!
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This is well put together but a bit too tricky for my pupils. :-)
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Minds in Bloom
By Rachel Lynette
10 FUN Activities for Dictionary Skills
10 Awesome Dictionary Activities
Are you looking for some fun activities for National Dictionary Day? It’s October 16th, which was Noah Webster’s (the father of the American dictionary) birthday!
Hopefully, you’ve got dictionaries, maybe even a class set. They are, of course, great for looking up words and you will use them to teach dictionary skills , but there are also other great things you can do with these rather large volumes of words. Here are just a few ideas:
- Send your students on a Dictionary Scavenger Hunt . You can make one up yourself, or get this one for free.
- Play Speed Word Search . Give each student or pair of students a dictionary. When you call out a word, the student(s) must find the word as quickly as possible. The first person to call out the correct page number wins the round. This would be a good one to do in teams; everyone has his or her own dictionary, but the winner wins a point for the whole team rather than individually. *Bonus – Choose words from an upcoming vocabulary test for this game!
- Play Mystery Word. To play this game, give a series of clues. As students hear the clues, they look for the word in the dictionary until they have narrowed it down to just one. For Example: I begin with the fourth letter of the alphabet. My second letter is an “o.” I am three syllables long. I come before “dog” in the dictionary. My last letter is “t.”
- Play Dictionary Dig. This game is similar to Mystery Word in that you give clues and the students look for a word. The difference is that the clues are broader, and many words could be a correct answer. This one is fun because students enjoy finding more than one word to fit the clues and sharing their words with each other. Example: Find a word that begins with “s,” is two syllables long, has double letters, and is an adjective. You can get a set of 32 Dictionary Dig Task Cards here.
- Collect New Words. Have each student keep a notebook of new words. This is a nice activity to do daily or a few times a week. It is also good for handwriting practice. Each day, each student finds a word in the dictionary that he does not know. He then writes the word, the definition, and an original sentence using the word in his notebook. An illustration would make a nice addition. Have students share their words with at least one other person. You can download a free word booklet for your students!
Download this free dictionary word booklet!
- Make Up New Words. Ask each student to make up a new word and a definition. Have each student write his or her word and definition on a Post-It, and put the Post-It in the appropriate place in the dictionary. Make a class list of the new words and their definitions. Challenge the class to use the words in everyday conversation. This, of course, would go beautifully with the book Frindle!
- Have a Dictionary Relay Race. This is a great way to add a little excitement to your practice! You can download the free game , project it on your whiteboard, and let students write their answer as they move through the relay!
- Play Fictionary. Have you ever played the amazing party game Balderdash? It’s one of my favs! Well, your students can play their own version. Have one student choose an obscure word from the dictionary. They’ll write the actual definition down on a slip of paper. All the other students will write a fake definition down, being careful to make it sound real. In the end, the students will vote on whose definition they think is the real one. This is a super fun game!
- Estimate and Measure . Why not use your dictionaries cross-curriculur? Have the students stack all the dictionaries into one tall tower. Invite each student to estimate how tall the tower is. Record guesses on the board. Measure the tower and see whose answer was the closest. You could also do a similar activity by lining them up end to end across the classroom.
- Line Them Up Like Dominoes. Probably not the best use for your classroom dictionaries…but it would be fun! There is probably some clever way to make it into a physics lesson.
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April 25, 2011 at 11:16 pm
Great activities. Many Thanks!!!!!!!
February 8, 2017 at 6:27 am
Thanks for the great post! I love the ideas of having them collect words they don’t know & making up their own words for a class dictionary! So fun! 🙂
April 18, 2017 at 12:12 am
Thank you for sharing these fun activities! I’ve never known there is so much games with the dictionary.
December 27, 2018 at 6:23 pm
Thank you so much for sharing these great activities! I’m looking forward to using them with my ESL students.
January 21, 2022 at 9:20 pm
Great resources for FREE! TYSM :))
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Dictionaries are important in esl classrooms and whether your students have electronic or paper ones, they should have some practice using them in class. in this section there are 106 possible worksheets to choose from that will help you encourage your students to use the resources they have available. this dictionary worksheet asks students to provide words to match definitions but you can also flip this around and ask students to look up the definitions of words to get them better acquainted with their dictionaries. the worksheet is meant for intermediate and advanced students and contains good notes about each activity so that you can easily conduct them in class. for activities suitable for lower level learners, simply browse this section. dictionaries may not be the most exciting tool students use in school but they are definitely a valuable one to have and something that will help students throughout their english language studies. a resource such as this is only as good as its user so it is important to help students learn to use their dictionaries effectively. activities like those found in this section can really help you find creative ways to get students to use their dictionaries in class. read more... ...less.
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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.
- The letters ZIP in the word Zip Code stand for "Zone Improvement Plan."
- A shaddock is tropical tree that grows in southeastern Asia. The shaddock is related to the grapefruit.
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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)
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Such a fun way for students to become familiar with dictionaries. Simply print, laminate, cut and reuse as a life long teaching tool!
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