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Dictionary Detective Worksheets for Kids

If you are looking for a fun way to teach your homeschooler how to use the dictionary you are going to love Dictionary Detective Worksheets for Kids.
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Dictionary Detective Worksheets for Kids

Although Dictionary Skills can be taught whenever you like, most kids learn to use a dictionary in 2nd grade. 3rd Grade students need continued practice to refine their newly learned skill.

Teach Kids How to Use a Dictionary

These worksheets will help homeschool students learn about dictionaries and how to use a dictionary. There are five teaching sheets that include lots of hands on practice as kids learn about

    • entry words
    • guide words
    • word forms
    • syllables
    • definition
Dictionary Detective Worksheets for Kids

Make it a unit you work on for a week or month with these fun posters to hang or store in a file folder to teach about entry words, syllables, guide words, word forms, and definitions.

dictionary worksheets for kids

Kids will practice what they’ve learned with these dictionary worksheets that help kids get hands on practice reviewing what they’ve just learned about entry words, syllables, guide words, word forms, definitions and more using a dictionary.

entry words, guide words, syllables, definition practice with fun hands on dictionary activities for kids

In addition to the teaching worksheets, there are also 8  half page detective sheets for kids to do on their own.  They will become dictionary detectives and practice what they’ve learned about how a dictionary works. These are such a fun way to review and practice what you’ve learned with 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grace, 5th grade, and even 6th grade students.

Although these worksheets can be used with any dictionary, I highly suggest Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary which is great for kids in 2nd – 6th grade. It is easy for kids to use, includes color pictures throughout, has larger print, and includes a lot. If you do happen to use this dictionary, the answer keys are included.

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See this activity in action here.


Looking for more fun, creative ways you can begin homeschooling for free? See more of our second grade worksheets plus our history lesson plans, free math games, english worksheetssight words activitiesalphabet worksheets, and cvc word games for kids of all ages!

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activites and FREE printables: www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com


  • Thanks for your great activities and ideas! So helpful and generous! Does the dictionary detectives activity ABSOLUTELY require this edition of the elementary dictionary, or can it be the 2000 edition (purple book)? Again, thank you!

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