This tool is great for helping students to develop skills for learning vocabulary in context. Throughout the unit/year, instruct students to use the bookmarks (p. 24-25) to record any words, people or places that they do not recognize or want to know more about. (I also had my students make yarn bookmarks with golf pencils taped to the ends, so they will always have a writing utensil with them while they read.) Once they have done their research, students should record their findings in their personal reading dictionaries. By the end of the unit/year, each student should have compiled a meaningful learning tool for future reference, and expanded their vocabularies in the process!
1. Print p.1 (covers) first, single-sided. I printed mine on colored paper just to make it more fun. :) Fold in half.
2. Print the dictionary letter pages (p. 2-23) next, double-sided. Cut each sheet in half.
3. Organize letter pages alphabetically and slip into covers. I attached mine by using a 3-hole punch to punch 2 holes in the side, then tied the pages together with yarn.
4. Print the bookmarks (p. 24-25) double-sided. (Be sure to print lots so your students can get more as they fill up their bookmarks with words!) Each sheet of paper makes 4 bookmarks.