Yes, I always have. My sons have dictionary workbooks that they use. They love them. We look words up in them all the time. I have a dictionary with nice pictures so it makes it more interesting. Sometimes they look through the dictionary for the fun of it. Once my son found the word bundlt so we had to make a bundt cake to celebrate his new word.
My kids know dictionary skills and phone book skills. they are both taught the same way once the know the alphabet they start putting words in order. I help them for awhile but now most of my kids can look something up by themselves.
I haven't given him a dictionary to use, but we look things up online, which is cool because he then gets to hear the word, which is something he needs desperately. He's incredibly smart, reads constantly, kinds bypasses interacting with people, so he makes up his own pronunciation of words. It can be a bit confusing when he first talks to you about it because you have to wrap your brain around his pronunciation. I do like the idea of teaching the dictionary, I'll have to add that this year.
they learn the dictionary when younger about 3rd grade we start, i explain and show how to use it, i have them look up their spelling words, which they write the meaning in their vocab booklets that we make(handwriting practise),
we also play games who can find the word the quickest, and how many words can you find in 1 minute or 2 min.
also i like to make treasure hunts using the dictionary
I love thepersonal dictionary file! That is an awesome idea! I hope you don't mind if I steal this from you and implement it in my own lessons??!!
Yes. She has 3-5 vocabulary words per week (3rd/4th grade) which she looks up in the dictionary, writes the definition, writes a sentence and draws a picture. Then she files it alphabetically in her personal dictionary file.