Friday, April 19, 2013
Using the Dictionary
Kal-El is using our dictionary and an NAMC worksheet to look up words in the dictionary. When he finds them he records the page number and the guide words from that page on the worksheet.
You may remember I bound all of the NAMC research skills pages (from their lower elementary blackline masters) into a book for Kal-El. you can read the NAMC's thoughts on worksheets on their blog in this post "Worksheets and Workbooks in the Montessori Environment."
After trying out five or six children's dictionaries from the library, the one that the boys fell in love with was the Merriam-Webster Children's Dictionary.
Another work that he did from the NAMC pages was one that provides the guide words and three additional words. The task was to find the one additional word that alphabetically falls between the two guide words. Kal-El did this on the worksheets but it would more easily be done with cards at this level. I'll probably make him some cards for additional practice. It should be fun because I can choose words that tie strongly into his current interests.