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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.

Dictionary Detective Worksheets for Kids - fun printable teaching dictionary skills to grade 3, grade 4, and grade 5 students #dictionaryskills #dictionariesforkids #3rdgrade #4thgrade #homeschooling

Dictionary Worksheets

Although Dictionary Skills can be taught whenever you like, most kids learn to use a dictionary and need extra practice in this essential skill in 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade.

Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler, you will love the practice your student will get using a dictionary. Your child will  have fun with this creative way to practice dictionary skills. Plus, this activity is NO PREP!

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Teaching Dictionary Skills

This dictionary skills activity will help students in grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, and grade 5 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

Dictionary Detective Worksheet

Start out by scrolling to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >> Download <<. The pdf file will open in a new window for you to print and save.  Print the dictionary printables:

  • teaching posters (optional) in color on cardstock. You will only need one set
  • Hands-on Dictionary Worksheets in black and white on plain printer paper. There are various different “cases” for students to work on using their dictionary.

Make it a language arts center or a detective theme unit you work on for a week or a 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

Dictionary Skills

Kids will practice what they’ve learned with these dictionary skills 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

Dictionary Detective

Your student will become a dictionary detective using these free printable dictionary skills 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.

Dictionary Detective Worksheet

Although these worksheets can be used with any dictionary, I highly suggest Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary which is great for elementary age children. 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 key for this activity is included.

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FREE Dictionary Detectives Printables for teaching dictionary skills to 3rd graders, 4th graders, 5th graders, and 6th grade students. #dictionary #worksheetsforkids #grade3 #grade4 #homeschool

Dictionary Skills Worksheet

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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! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

2 Comments

  • 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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