What is it? is a wonderful and fun way for students to develop their spatial skills, spelling, and nonfiction writing using the dictionary.
What is it? works great with whole class instruction, Literacy Centers/Work Stations, small groups, partners, or individually.
There are 26 pages, one worksheet for each letter of the alphabet, plus a student book cover page. Also, there is an extra page of lined writing paper which can be copied and used with each picture to give students more writing space.
There are two types of lined pages provided. The first 26 pages have primary dotted lines. The next 26 pages are the same pages only they have standard ruled lines.
The worksheet pages can be used separately, one per week, or stapled together to make a book, one book for each student.
You can change the level of difficulty to fit your grade level by simply writing the number of required sentences you would like your students to write on the provided line on each worksheet page.
Each student or Literacy Center will need a student dictionary. Before looking up definitions students must first finish drawing the missing parts of the picture (which will be the word they will lookup in the dictionary). Then color it. Next, they look up the word (picture) in the dictionary and read the definition at least 2 times. Then close the dictionary and write about it.
Students are encouraged to add their own facts to their writing, but also reminded that non-fiction writing does not include any of their own personal story.
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