Dictionary Day Activities

October 16, 2006
Games and Activities for Celebrating Words

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Diana Dell

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October 16th is Dictionary Day, named in honor of the birthday of Noah Webster, the father of the American dictionary. Use these resources to celebrate words and build literacy skills on Dictionary Day and everyday of the year!

Online Tools
    •All About Words: Dictionary Activities
Eight lessons from Education World to involve students in using dictionaries!
    •Online Dictionaries and Glossaries
A hyperlinked list of general dictionaries, specialized dictionaries, and subject-specific glossaries.
    •Online Thesauri
These resources make finding synonyms easy.
Spelling Activities
    •Spelling Activities
Use these activities to practice weekly spelling words or to improve spelling skills in general.
    •Spotlight on Spelling
Five lessons from Education World to liven up spelling curriculum.
Word Meaning
    •Antonym Activities
Interactive games to develop understanding of words with opposite meanings.
    •Homophones and Homonyms
Activities to increase knowledge of words pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not.
    •Synonym Activities
Interactive games to develop understanding of words with similar meanings.
Challenge middle-grades and high-school students to build a fabulous vocabulary using the Vocab-u-lous! activity sheets.
    •Word Meaning Activities
Improve your vocabulary by working with words that that multiple meanings.
Word Parts
    •Nifty Thrifty Fifty Games
The Nifty Thrifty Fifty word list contains common roots, prefixes and suffixes. When students master the spelling patterns and meanings of these words, they can apply that knowledge to help them to spell and build meaning for other polysyllabic words.
Activities to increase understanding of beginning affixes.
    •Root Words
These activities help students discover the meaning of many root words.
Interactive activities to increase understanding of ending affixes.
Word Relationships
    •Analogy Activities
Analogy is just a term that means "word relationships". Working with analogies will improve vocabulary skills.
    •Categorizing Activities
Activities for classifying words into related groups.
Word Work
    •Online Word Games
These games encourage improved spelling and vocabulary skills in a fun and interactive way.
    •Word Walls
Use these web sites and tips from teachers. Check out the different sites to try different interactive activities that can be used with word walls.
    •Working with Words
These activities will engage students in the process of making words.
Working with Rhymes
    •Hink Pinks
Hink pinks are one-syllable words that rhyme; hinky pinkies are two-syllable words that rhyme; hinkety pinketies are three-syllable words that rhyme.
    •Working with Rhymes
These activities build word skills through the use of rhymes.

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