We have all heard "Ms. ____ Can you spell... for me?" We always encourage students to sound words out, but some words cannot be sounded out and having a dictionary nearby is a good resource to have.
I have used various forms of this dictionary in my classroom for some time in first, second and third grades. There are sight words and common words listed for each letter and then space to write the words that students would like to know how to spell. They must always check their dictionary before asking and they keep the dictionary in their writing folders.
This handy resource helps students become familiar with the concept of a dictionary. Students also need to sound out the beginning of each word as I ask them to open the book to the page of the word they want spelled.
For assembly you have a couple of options You can either staple and provide students a booklet to keep in their folders or you can copy the front page on card stock or construction paper and then laminate and bind. I use the latter option as it is sturdier and will last throughout the year.
I hope you find this helpful. The booklet is available in color and black and white. The files are separated in a zip file for your convenience.
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