The cost of five American Heritage Picture Dictionaries and five copies of Simms Taback's Big Book of Words from Barnes and Noble is $208, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
How many of you remember when you learned what new words meant? Was it easy? Worse, was it in a different language? I teach in a low-income, ELD (English Language Development) classroom of Kindergarten and First grade students. I truly love the class and their parents, and am continually trying to provide ways to better help the children enjoy the gift of reading. They need as much help as possible to increase their vocabulary and enhance their confidence in interacting with the world around them. We currently have a few dictionaries in the classroom, but they have proved to be totally inadequate for our use (imagine this - a picture of a horse under the word 'kick' captioned "The horse is 'kicking'"-confusing to English Learners? You bet!!) Due to numerous budget cuts (more coming in weekly...) these dictionaries won't be replaced any time soon. One way that I plan to encourage vocabulary development is with the use of picture dictionaries. These are dictionaries that have very clear illustrations, labels, and descriptions. I have chose books that allow for varied learning and language levels. I have also included an adequate amount so that each cooperative group can share the resources.
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|The American Heritage Picture Dictionary American Heritage Staff (Editor) • Barnes and Noble||$13.45||5||$67.25|
|Simms Taback's Big Book of Words Harriet Ziefert, SIMMs Taback (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble||$11.65||5||$58.25|
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