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PRESENTATION: A Smart Notebook presentation of ten pages introducing the dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, and atlas as reference books. The pages focus on the purpose of each book, what type of information that each book provides, and sample pages of the different books. The last slide is a drop and drag activity requiring kids to read six different task cards and identify which reference book would best be referenced.
WHICH ONE GROUP ACTIVITY: The group activity consists of five different sets of reference task cards. Each card asks a question and requires students to decipher which of four reference books: dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, or atlas would best complete the task. I have also included an instruction sheet with further explanation.
WHICH ONE INDEPENDENT PRACTICE: A sort activity in which students will cut and paste reference book task cards to a graphic organizer. An excellent follow up to the group activity.
ENCYCLOPEDIA: Three different worksheets pertaining specifically to the encyclopedia. The sheets can be adapted for both print and digital encyclopedias. Wksht #1 allows for students to explore an encyclopedia and record three people, three things, and three places. Wksht #2 wants students to record both an entry word and a notefact. Wksht #3 requires students to read eight questions, circle the keyword, and answer the question.
DICTIONARY: Complete lesson plan that specifically outlines how to teach online dictionaries to young students. The lesson is geared for second graders, but could easily be used for a grade or two higher. There is a guided practice sheet, an independent practice sheet, and a blank sheet. The blank sheet can be adapted with your own words.