This handout and activity is all about using a dictionary: what information it provides, dictionary terms, reading keys, and word origins. The first two pages provide a brief reading about why and how we use dictionaries, as well as definitions of general dictionary terms. Students can study this on their own or you can read together as a class. To complete the questions on pages 3-5, students will need to use a dictionary. They will answer a variety questions using their reference books (about definitions, word origins, keys, etc). In my experience, most students find this to be a fun exercise. For extra fun, you could have students race to find the answers and provide the winner with a prize.