Teachers: Most students have heard about dictionaries and may have used them before. Review the importance of proper spelling and the use of creative, exact words in all writing: the reader will understand what the writer is trying to say, and there will be less confusion if words are spelled and used correctly. (Review" alphabetical order" if needed.)
A dictionary shows:
1. The proper spelling of a word
2. How to pronounce the word
3. The syllables of a word
4. The meaning of a word
Exercise: have each student look up various words in their dictionary. As a class or individually, let students read out loud the meaning, spelling, and syllable/pronunciation of each word.
Some example words: pronounce, technique, dazzle, etc....
A thesaurus shows:
1. Synonyms (same meaning) for words - sometimes you need an alternate word, instead of repeating the same word over and over.
2. Antonyms (opposite) for words (sometimes offered in a thesaurus).
Exercise: have each student look up the same words that they looked up earlier in the dictionary. Read out loud any synonyms and/or antonyms for those words.
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