Dictionary Skills - Simply Skilled in Second

Dictionary Skills

Hello my friends...I am sitting here looking out on the beautiful golf course that I am staying on in Boca Raton, Florida.... Yes! It is spring break! I am relaxed and drinking a yummy cup of coffee before I head on out to the beach!

Before I go and soak up some rays, I wanted to share what I did with my kiddos before break. I don't know about you, but dictionary skills tend to be a bit difficult for my little ones. So I had to create something that would be fun and keep their interest while plodding through the dictionary!

dictionary skills

I created Dictionary Detectives! Normally I would put this activity in my Word Work Center but I decided to do it as a whole class activity instead. The students had to solve The Case of the Unknown Word! It really was fun and they couldn't wait to get to the end of the mini-book to find out the secret message! They were working feverishly!

They used the words on the briefcase task cards to guide them through the dictionary. They had to write the guide words, the page number, and the definition of each word. Then at the bottom of each page they had to write the mystery letters to help solve the case. I was really impressed with how well they did!

It definitely kept my little ones busy and I have to say they were pretty quick finding the words.

If you are interested in this unit, check it out in my tpt store...

Thanks again for stopping by :)



  1. Ooooh! I would LOVE to win this unit!!! It's a challenge to get some kiddos excited about the dictionary, so I really like that you've turned it into a mystery that they have to solve!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Little Miss Primary

  2. I love this! Love your flip flap books, too! Actually I love ALL your ideas. I can understand why your students would make such positive remarks. Too cute! Enjoy the weather! It's 31 here...booooo :)

  3. Great unit. Hope you are enjoying our beautiful weather here in Sunny South FL. I will be on my way up to Orlando for my Spring Break in a few days. Enjoy!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  4. Great idea. I would love to win a copy.

  5. This is great! My students would love this!

  6. What a great idea. I would love this for my students.


  7. Would love to win!


  8. I love this unit! I have added it to my wishlist (though, I'd LOVE it if I won it :)

    Mindful Rambles

  9. I would loooove this for my 2nd graders! :) Thanks so much!


  10. SO jealous of you being on vaca!!! We are still in session this week and its, oh... 35 degrees outside.

    Hope you are having a great time, and have a drink for me! :)
    Mrs. Jones’s Kindergarten

  11. Woooohoooo!!! Congrats to Christina Marie!!! You are my winner!


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