What’s the Word? (and incredible online dictionaries!)

November 9, 2013

What’s the Word? (and incredible online dictionaries!)

November 9, 2013

Hello, my dear friends! I am taking a break from lesson-planning this afternoon to share a few resources I have made for my students for their homework assignments, along with some wonderful online dictionaries we love to use in class.

First up…What’s the Word?
So. As part of our Daily/Weekly Homework Assignments, my students must complete the usual spelling sentences and definitions. I feel it is extremely important to know the meanings of our weekly spelling words…but, if I am to be completely honest, the basic sentence/definition format is feeling a bit stale.
As part of our morning work in class each day, my students complete a word analysis sheet, analyzing one of the words from our Morphology Dictionary in depth (definitions, part of speech, synonyms, antonyms, and more). They really enjoy analyzing the words in this way and we have wonderful discussions about their meanings and related words during morning meeting.
So I decided to use this kind of format for our homework as well. My students will be given a What’s the Word? sheet for each night.

Here’s an example of how it will be filled out:

The “prefix, suffix, root” and “make the connection” part will be completed with our Morphology Dictionaries…this is an important way for my students to understand the meaning of these words, as well as make connections to other words with the same affix or root.

If you would like to use this file for your class, I have it available in Google Docs, just below. I also included a different version, with a place for an illustration instead of the affix/root connection, in case this works better for you.

Please click on the image below to download this file:
Next up…some incredible online dictionaries!
I have long been a fan of Wordsmyth…it’s this online dictionary that has different reading levels to choose from when looking up words:
I have this dictionary linked up on our Classroom Website and my students use it every day during our word analysis in the morning–it is such a great resource!
So, needless to say, I was ecstatic to learn that Wordsmyth was offering a new dictionary edition as well…one with visual and audio!
The Wordsmyth Kids Dictionary is perfect for my newcomer English Language Learners!
It offers a ton of words, along with audio and images for many of the words:

I just love how I can differentiate the definitions for all of my students, so they can access the meanings at their particular levels 🙂

I really hope this was of some help! Do you have some favorite word resources to share with us?

Thanks for visiting!

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