Dictionaries are reference tools that provide an alphabetical listing of words and their meanings. A dictionary can have many different features that can give you a great deal of information about a word beyond just the meaning. They are useful to find the proper spelling of a word and some will show you how the word is phonetically pronounced. In many cases they provide you with a list of possible synonyms and antonyms which can be a helpful reference when you are writing. Some advanced dictionaries can indicate the level of word usage within cultural language. Certain words may also appear that are slang words to certain cultures. This is why you see the title of these books that are targeting a certain culture within the same the same language. 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!