Animal Dictionary

  I wanted my 2nd graders to start using the dictionary but I recognized, as emergent readers, some of them would find this difficult. So, I tried to make it fun and I ended up with a lesson that I start at the beginning of the year but students continue to work on throughout the year. This is the beauty of Lapbooks, those quick finishers always have something to work on. I post my list of tasks in a PowerPoint, which they do in the order they are listed, and the last one is always, "Work on your Animal Dictionary if you are finished with everything else". This book is printed on four pieces of paper, both sides. I glue this book in box 6 because it is a heavy book and needs to be in a sturdy part of the lapbook. I use The American Heritage First Dictionary, in the library, with 2nd graders. It has a lot of pictures, with simple definitions, and well labeled sections. Students look through the pages of section A until they find an animal they want to add to their dictionary, usually alligator. On the top line, they write the animal, then copy the definition on the rest of the page. In the little box they draw a picture of the animal. At the end of the book are two word searches with animal words for them to enjoy when they are all done making their book.   Click here to purchase. … [Read more...]

Library Vocabulary Book

At the beginning of the year, I like to show a video called Using the Library to the 3rd and 4th graders, and Using the Internet to the 5th graders. The videos are 23 minutes long and have a lot of great information and come with small teacher guides. I pulled 10 vocabulary words from each video and I have students make a mini-book to help them learn the definitions. First, cut the borders off on the dotted lines.   Then fold on the solid lines. It is important to fold before cutting the flaps, otherwise the flaps are difficult to fold and they become very crooked.   Then open the sides and cut along the dotted lines, stopping when you get to the solid line.   I print out the definitions for students to glue under each flap, or they can write the definitions. Gluing is faster and easier for struggling students.     Then, students draw a picture on the outside of each flap to give them a visual for the definition.   I have them glue this mini-book on the sides of their lapbook, covering boxes 1 & 5.  I have the definitions posted in the library and while they are working on this mini-book, I have a PowerPoint slide show presenting the definitions. To get a free copy of the Using the Library mini-book click here. To get a free copy of the Using the Internet mini-book, click here. … [Read more...]