My Desk Dictionary is just that--a Dictionary for students to use and keep in their desk! I have been using a Desk Dictionary for a few years and have seen great results with students taking ownership of words that they use in their writing.
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Black & White copies only!
I have provided several choices of covers (I let my students choose!)
An 8.5 x 11 page for each letter of the alphabet.
There are 20 'lines' on each letter page for words.
I print these dictionaries back to back and students keep their dictionaries in their desk.
Students can color their cover as well as the pictures on each page.
I allow my students to ask me how to spell two words per day (not everyone will, but there are some that will want you to spell ALL their words!). I also use the dictionaries with our class word wall. After working with the weekly word wall words, we add them to our Desk Dictionaries. At the beginning of the year, I go through the Desk Dictionaries and discuss how the dictionaries are set up and how they will be used throughout the year. Sometimes we put words in our dictionaries as a class (theme words, etc.), but the Dictionaries are for each student's personal use.
I hope you find this dictionary worth while and useful for you and your students! You'll find that students get excited to use their dictionaries and as the year goes on you'll see improvement within in their writing!
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