I have a range of socioeconomic backgrounds in my class. Some come with all they need-supplies, food, and family support while others have very little in one or all areas, so I fill in where needed. My class is very bright and energetic. I have several students who are first or second generation American. Their families either do not speak or speak very little English. Therefore, English is a second language for some of my students.
We work a lot in class with vocabulary expansion, parts of grammar, and figurative language.
One of the tools we use often in our class is the dictionary. Unfortunately, we do not have a complete set. I have gathered a mix-match of books from other teachers and storage. I have used this collection for a few years now and everyday we see a loss in pages and bindings. Another downside is that when we work in teams or groups, we don't have enough of any one book to make collaboration work well. I would love a whole set of complete dictionaries for my class.
We use dictionaries on a weekly basis strengthening our knowledge of parts of grammar and expanding our vocabulary. Students generally work in groups or pairs. Our lack of dictionaries makes this hard to do. The ones we have are few in number and so mix matched we have to be creative in our implementation of the lesson. Learning to use a dictionary is more than learning the meaning of a word. It reinforces alphabetical order, pronunciation of words, origin of words, parts of grammar, and much more. I know the students will love having a complete set of dictionaries to work with that are also in good working order.
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