Words get bored just sitting in the dictionary day in and day out. Join the words as they embark on The Great Dictionary Caper!
I have created a student book to go along with the pages of The Great Dictionary Caper. The student books gives students the chance to practice what they learned in the pages of the book.
The student book is 16 pages long (17 if you choose to include the word search). Use as many pages as you would like. Each page gives students the opportunity to do something fun with the concepts that are introduced in the book.
Topics / Activities in Student Book:
From Booklist (STARRED REVIEW):
“Words can get bored. They sit in the dictionary, day in, day out,” begins this delightful picture book from Sierra (Wild about Books, 2004), depicting what happens when dictionary words break free from their pages and have a parade. It’s all fun and word games, but in the process, readers will also get a tidy lesson in linguistic concepts, like onomatopoeia and contractions. Each concept is exemplified and playfully portrayed by animated, anthropomorphized words and their accoutrements. The “onomatopoeia marching band” leads the way, and features words like bang, clang, and honk. Subsequent spreads include action verbs (with a spinning spin and gliding glide); homophones; anagrams; rhyming words; and even indignant nonrhyming words, which hold protest signs (penguin’s reads “What’s so special about rhyming?”). Eventually, Noah Webster appears, instructing the words to return to the dictionary—however, turn the page and it seems Roget’s Thesaurus’ synonym words are looking to escape, too (skedaddle, decamp). While not explicitly defining concepts in the main text (that comes in an appended glossary), this is a charming, peppy introduction, enhanced by Comstock’s energetic, retro-flair illustrations, which fill the pages with cavorting words and creative details, like the “Hollyword” setting. In approach and format, this is both entertaining and educational—likely to hold and pique kids’ interest in the topic and provide a fun learning supplement. —