Well, it isn't MY idea. It is one of the weekly activities with Heart of Dakota. Last year, we used a index card file (like a recipe file box). This year, I bought some A-Z tabs for a binder and printed out some vocabulary pages I found so she will have more room to write and draw.
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.
We know one family with 2 kids in highschool they did not even know there was such a thing as a phone book. let alone how to use it. They were 17 and 18 yrs old.
That's awesome. Especially for today, as it seems these particular skills are going by the wayside. :(
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.
As well as a thesaurus, encyclopedias, how to use computers, do outlines, take notes, do research, study skills, how to use the library system, etc.
I didn't really do any lessons regarding the alphabetical skills of using a dictionary. I did however spend more time teaching them how to use other parts... pronunciation guides, reference tables, word histories, synonyms, grammar usage...
We do a lot of notebooking for all the subjects, and they have key words that need looked up, written down, and put in their notebooks as copywork. The younger kids draw or print out pictures related to the word - on the copywork paper.
I do not make the kids look up a word when reading a story book though. They are free to ask me what a word is so that they can stay engaged in the story.
Do you teach now or have you taught before? If before, how did you go about teaching it?