The following collection of worksheets will teach your students how to use a dictionary.

E-books are convenient, and it is very easy to type a word into a search engine to find out what it means, but your students should still learn how to use an actual, physical dictionary. These activity sheets will teach your students how dictionaries are formatted for use, including questions about guide words, definition priority, synonyms and antonyms, and more. Answer keys have been provided for most sheets, but answers may differ depending on the dictionary used.

Fun Class Contest: Divide the class into teams for dictionary drills. Present challenges similar to the worksheet activities and see which team can complete them first!

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Dictionary Practice

Use your dictionary to answer the following questions.

Multiple Meanings

Some words are spelled the same, but have completely different meanings.


Use your dictionary to find the meanings of these abbreviations. Write the word or words on the line.

Practicing with Your Dictionary

Use the dictionary entry to answer the questions. It gets easier as you start to practice it more.

Stress Patterns

Use a dictionary to find the correct answer to each question.

Irregular Past Tense

Write the irregular past tense of each verb. Check your answers using a dictionary.

Parts of Speech

Use a dictionary to help you determine the part of speech for each word below. There may be more than one correct answers.

Guide Words

Circle the pair of guide words you might find on a dictionary page where the bold word could be found.

Working With Guiding Words

Read each set of guide words. Underline the words you would find on that page.

Spelling and Syllables

Use the dictionary to divide the following words into syllables. Write each word on the line, placing a hyphen between syllables.

The Dictionary Is Full of Answers

You can use your dictionary to do a great many things well or at least better.

Decoding Unfamiliar Words

Use the dictionary to help you fill in the chart for each word below.

Using the Dictionary

Use a dictionary to look up the assigned words. Fill out the chart for each word. Then use the word in a sentence.


In addition to giving you the definition of a word, the dictionary sometimes also gives synonyms for words.

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Look up the assigned words in the dictionary. Fill in the chart. Then use the word in a sentence.