Words, words, words!

Posted on March 17, 2014 by Lesley Arnold

noah webster
Noah Webster
In 1806, he published the first American dictionary.

I love words! I know it may sound crazy, but I really enjoy using a dictionary! At our house we always have the dictionary out on a table ready for a quick look up of a word. I love how organized the dictionary is. Every word in alphabetical order! Putting the guide words at the top was a stroke of genius. (The guide words tell you the first and last words on the page so that you don’t have to bother looking down each page until you find the word you are looking for.) In the front of most dictionaries there are usually pronunciation guidelines that do help if you want to know how to say the word. The part of speech is there too! I think it’s fun to read all the different ways a word may be used in a sentence.
In your Oak Meadow vocabulary assignments, you are asked to write the sentences using the words in the context of your lessons. You should be able to find each of the vocabulary words in the lesson or book that you are reading. I suggest circling them when you find them in the text. That way you can easily see how they are used in a sentence. (Remember to use your own words and not copy from the book.)
Today you can get any dictionary on your computer, ipad, or whatever device you are using. I highly recommend that you get your own dictionary. It’s fun to have it within reach, write notes in, and bookmark pages. If you are looking for a good dictionary that will last you through the junior high years, find a Merriam-Webster’s Intermediate Dictionary.