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Was wondering if any of you have ever ordered certain dictionaries for a kindergarten class and which ones would you recommend. There doesn't seem to be many choices when I googled this.


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What are you going to use them for? I can't imagine you have a lot of kindergarteners looking up words that they don't know....
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Mostly to use to find words
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with the letters of the alphabet. My kids know how to read, do yours?
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Not even close. Our kindergarteners mostly don't have books at home, so they are starting from square one (how to hold a book, find the front, letters in their names, letter ID starting from scratch). Many are language learners so they are trying to learn those things too. If we have kids that enter kindergarten knowing letters, we are ecstatic Having them enter reading is a whole different universe.

I haven't used actual dictionaries with kids lower than a third grade reading level. Even once they can read, there is so much to be done with how words work and I usually do those tasks with magnetic letters, letter tiles, word masks, and other sensory tools until they are reading at about a guided reading level K. We teach vocab through context and content. Do you find that your kindergarten readers benefit from looking up words?

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Old 11-03-2016, 09:46 AM
 
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I teach gifted and talented, first through third grade. I really like this dictionary for my youngest students:

https://store.scholastic.com/Books/H...-9780545604956

No, I don't think K is too young to start dictionary skills, if they are reading. I have my first graders work with both dictionaries and thesauruses. Most of them are already reading on at least a third grade level.


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