Lesson Plan

Mini Dictionaries!

Smaller dictionaries that are totally relevant to the material being read? In this lesson, students will learn that these miraculously really do exist and go by the name of glossaries!
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify what a glossary is and use glossaries to determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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Introduction

(5 minutes)
Glossary
  • Call students together.
  • Show students a dictionary. If students have not spent much time with a dictionary before, allow them to look through and explore the dictionary.
  • Ask students to think about everything they know about dictionaries and how they work. (Guide students to notice things like its alphabetical nature and that it includes a word/definition.) Record student answers on the board where students can see them.

Beginning:

  • Define "dictionary" in students' home language.
  • Provide students with an online or hard copy of a bilingual dictionary for students literate in home language (L1).

Intermediate: Read aloud portions of the dictionary before having students browse through themselves.