This dictionary is a useful tool because it's filled with high frequency words, and has space to write in new words. Additional pages have words for community workers, the United States, numbers, seasons and weather.
If a student asks how to spell a word, I ask them to look it up in the dictionary. If it's not there, we add it in. Throughout the year, we add holiday words and names of classmates, etc. Dictionaries can be given individually, or print a few for students to share.
My ESL students use these while writing independently in their journal all the time! They're student friendly, interactive and can be personalized.