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    In one of the groups a couple of people have expressed interest in resources on how to use the dictionary. Please share resources that you have used in the past to help your kids learn how to use the dictionary.

    I will post mine below.
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    At the beginning of my ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE MacMillan Fully Illustrated Dictionary for Children, a couple of pages are devoted to understanding how to use the dictionary.
    I believe most children's dictionaries would have something similar.

    *This one is horrible because even way back in 3rd grade, words were missing that DS needed for reading. (They may have been Mosdos vocabulary words, or maybe it was spelling words in 2nd grade.... but they weren't esoteric or unusual words, and it was a weekly thing where words werent in the dictionary. Sort of hard to teach dictionary skills when half the words you are looking for arent there!)
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    I've always just used the front intro pages on a child's dictionary as the resource it's intended to be. Worked for us! They have the same in adult dictionaries, but at a level that is probably too much for a little kid.

    We have this one. https://www.amazon.com/Macmillan-Dic...y+for+children It's great for up to and around 3rd grade level.

    You just have to withstand the "groans" from your kid(s) when your answer to, "What does this mean?" is "Let's look it up! And NO, I don't mean ask Google!"

    It's the best practical learning tool,IMO. But I suppose just like "apps"......there's a workbook for that!

    To each their own.

    ETA: LOL!! I didn't even notice that AM suggested the same one....
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    Oh no, I hate that dictionary! LOL
    It was one I selected after looking for a while, and I guess maybe it is the best one out there. But yah, useless sometime around 3rd grade.

    We have switched to Siri, tbh. But I still think he knows how to manually look something up. Will it be a skill like looking something up in a card-catalog?
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    I lost track of my own thread!

    Here are some of the sources I found:

    These are for the OED but they might have ideas to use for your dictionary:

    https://www.oxforddictionaries.com./...nary-resources

    Here are some others:
    https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/a...imary-students
    https://educators.brainpop.com/lesso...y-lesson-plan/
    Error On Your English Worksheets Land Visit
    BBC - Schools - Teachers - KS2 English - Dictionaries lesson plan
    http://www.macmillandictionary.com/u...atics2014.html

    Here are some videos
    http://www.watchknowlearn.org/Catego...ategoryID=1075



    The UK has much better resources, that are openly available than we do.
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    Thanks, everyone.

    We have Merriam-Webster's Elementary. He found the pages in the beginning before I did. He's a lot slower than I and my older English Grammar text expect of a neurotypical third grader, but it's doable.

    Mariam's resources and a bit of patience should get him caught up in no time.

    I felt exactly the way alexsmom did until recently and either looked up words for him myself or told him to highlight-right click-select (search engine or dictionary program) so specifically needed something basic but not too babyish.

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