The possible inclusion of commercial websites below is not an implied endorsement of their products, which are not free, and are not required for this lesson plan.
- Merriam-Webster Childrens Dictionary. DK Publishing, 2008.
- Scholastic Childrens Dictionary. Scholastic Reference, 2010.
- The American Heritage Childrens Dictionary. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
- student copies of the Dictionary Scavenger Hunt worksheet (L-3-2-1_Dictionary Scavenger Hunt.doc). You may need to adjust the scavenger hunt based on the number of dictionaries available.
- a list of 15 to 20 grade-appropriate content-related words for students to look up in the Dictionary Race game. (You may wish to have varying lists based on students skill levels.)
- stopwatch for Dictionary Race
- chart paper
- quick-assessment chart on a sheet of chart paper (Write one students name or number in each box. The boxes need to be large enough to accommodate a sticky note. Post the chart so that students can stick their answer notes in their name box.)
- student copies of the Word Cards worksheet (L-3-2-1_Word Cards.doc)
The goal of this lesson is to provide students with an opportunity to explore and practice working with a dictionary. The above dictionaries were selected because they are easy to use. Alternative resources should include grade-level dictionaries. Suggested titles include the following:
- Macmillan Dictionary for Children. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2007.
- Thorndike-Barnhart Junior Dictionary by E. L. Thorndike and Clarence L. Barnhart. Scott Foresman, 1992.
- Teachers may substitute other books to provide a range of reading and level of text complexity.