Dictionary and Thesaurus Task Cards and Literacy Stations

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th
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My students have struggled with using the dictionary, so I created this file to give them extra practice with alphabetizing and dictionary and thesaurus skills in a fun and hands-on way.

This file has seven separate activities for use. These activities can be used any time of the year, although they are Valentine themed. You can use these activities in centers, Daily 5 Choice, or you can post them around the room. Students can work individually, with partners, or in small groups. The students love pulling the cards from a themed basket or bag.

The first activity is Ordering Love Letters (ABC Order). Students alphabetize the words and write them on the recording sheet. You can give students a copy of the alphabet strip if needed. As an extra challenge, you can have students write a letter using some of the words.

The second activity is Dictionary Scavenger Hunt. There are various tasks for students to complete using their dictionaries. Students write their answers on their recording sheets.

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The third activity is Guide Word Geniuses. Students determine the correct word that would be found between the guide words, on, before, or after the page. Students write their answers on the recording sheet.

The fourth activity is Vocabulary Valentines. Students choose a word card and look the word up in a dictionary and thesaurus. As an extra challenge, they can write a letter using the words.

The fifth activity is Under the Sea Antonym Match-Ups. Students can either lay the cards out face down or face up and choose antonym pairs, then write the answers on their recording sheets.

The sixth activity is Soaring Through the Thesaurus. Students choose a boring bird card, look the word up in the thesaurus, and find a more exciting synonym to replace it with. They write both words on their recording sheets, and use the new word in a sentence. Students can also look for a matching synonym birdhouse card.

The seventh activity is Shades of Meaning. Students decide which is a stronger or weaker word and record it on their recording sheet.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.
Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed.
Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g., knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered).
Use glossaries or beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.
Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.


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