There are tons of lesson ideas for teaching dictionary skills, but I wanted something fun and new so I did some searching and found this cute idea for younger grades. It would be a bit time consuming for my second and third grade classes to cut out all of the pieces, so I created a one page sheet and called it a Dictionary Dude.
I made two different versions, one for second grade that didn't have as much on it and one for third grade that was a little more involved.
Both grade levels seemed to enjoy it. I also made a third version in case I ever want to use it with fourth and fifth grade. It might be a bit juvenile for them, but I might could use it with the gifted second and third graders.
With fourth and fifth grades, I knew I would have to come up with something more fun than just a worksheet, so after talking with my husband who is a former fifth grade teacher, I decided to do a "Dictionary Relay."
I broke classes up into 5 teams and each team had to answer 10 questions about a word from the dictionary. They all had the same word, but I didn't tell the teams that.
I had the teams all line up at one end of the table and the question/answer sheet and dictionary was at the other end of the table. When I said "GO!" the first team member walked to the end of the table where the dictionary and question/answer sheet was and answered the first question. When finished, they walked back to the other end of the table and tagged the next person to answer the next question.
I gave the teams 10 minutes max to answer all the questions and when they were finished, they had to hand me their completed answer sheet. The first team to hand in their sheet with ALL the correct answers, won a prize. If they had any incorrect answers, they could work as a team to correct them, but they would receive a 30 second time penalty when they turned in their answer sheet. If any other team turned in their answer sheet before that time penalty was up and had all the correct answers, they would win. I also let teams know there would be a 30 second time penalty if they got loud. We were in the library after all. It was amazingly quiet after that, but they were still having so much fun...looking up information in the dictionary! One student even exclaimed "You're the best Media Specialist ever!" That really made my day. =)
I am going to try this relay with third grade next week since fourth and fifth grade enjoyed it so much, but I will only give them 5 questions since they are still learning to be proficient with a dictionary.
If you'd like a copy of the "Dictionary Dude" or "Dictionary Relay" you can get them HERE or by clicking on the picture above.
Do you have any fun lessons about dictionary skills?