English Learners (ELs) get accommodations depending on the results of their W-APT (WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test) or yearly ACCESS test. One of the accommodations is the use of a word to word dictionary or electronic translator. These accommodations need to be practiced all year long. The problem is that many ELs are unfamiliar with a dictionary. Therefore, it is very important that we teach our students how to use a dictionary and give them time to practice using it. These Using a Dictionary packets will help them practice that skill. Another skill they practice is arranging words in alphabetical order because this will help them be more efficient using the dictionary.
Using a Dictionary 2 ~ English Language Arts
This is the second packet in the Using a Dictionary series and teaches Language Arts related words. First, read the How To page together with the student(s). Then, give the student(s) only the first page: ABC Order. Make sure you read all the instructions together. After they are finished with page 1, only give them page 2: Using a Dictionary. From then on, you may give as many pages at the time as you wish.
Please, note that page 3: The Waves is a very effective tool to learn another language. The vocabulary should be briefly studied first and then each column has to be covered when writing the translation in the next column. The student needs to check and correct mistakes before moving to the next column. Be aware that the last page is the key. Have fun!