My students are creative, thoughtful and full of questions! They absolutely love hands-on games that help them build their vocabulary. My students also love engaging books that take them to made up worlds or a true story they can relate too. They come to school each day ready to try new things and take brave chances in order to grow both personally and academically. Truly, they are my inspiration!
Our school is nestled near the coast of South Texas, which was devastated by hurricane Harvey.
Now, with many of the homes and businesses destroyed and slowly recovering, our families often struggle to find housing, employment, and opportunity.
Each child in my classroom absolutely loves learning, although the method and environment in which they learn best vary greatly. We incorporate a variety of learning strategies, group work, and learning options to ensure that each student's needs are met, right where they are! They are truly an incredible group, and I am so lucky and thankful to have a new group of learners that are excited and ready to learn each and every day!
My students will use these dictionaries to learn how to look things up; to check spellings and meanings and to check on common grammatical and punctuation errors. These are age-appropriate dictionaries on spelling, grammar, and punctuation, based on research showing where children commonly have difficulties. Our old dictionaries are from the early 2000s, considering that dictionaries are updated with new words frequently these are outdated.
Using a paper dictionary helps students acquire a broader vocabulary, teaches correct spelling and spelling patterns, and fosters reading comprehension.
Looking up just one word in a dictionary inadvertently exposes a student to many other words, meanings, uses, and other information. This is not the case with most electronic dictionaries where only one word or a list of words (possibly not in the same context) may appear to the user. Dictionaries are the first reference books we learn to use. Learning to use the dictionary also teaches us the basics for using a thesaurus, encyclopedias, periodicals, phone books, recipe books, and more. Once students understand the layout of a dictionary, they will be able to find information in other reference books and feel comfortable doing so.
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