Teaching Resource

Dictionary Dig Activity Cards

PDF, Word | 3 pages|Grades: 3 - 6

A set of 24 dictionary activity cards.

Print, cut and laminate the activity cards for students to use individually or in small groups. Students use a dictionary to complete the activity listed on the card.

Use this teaching resource when learning about dictionary skills or as a literacy group activity when developing spelling skills and strategies.

An editable version of this resource has also been provided to include your own dictionary activities.

As answers for this task will vary, no answer sheet has been provided.

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  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACELA1513

    Understand how to use knowledge of known words, base words, prefixes and suffixes, word origins, letter patterns and spelling generalisations to spell new wordsElaborationstalking about how suffixes change over time and new forms are invented to refl...

  • ACELA1526

    Understand how to use knowledge of known words, word origins including some Latin and Greek roots, base words, prefixes, suffixes, letter patterns and spelling generalisations to spell new words including technical wordsElaborationsusing a dictionary...

  • ACELA1779

    Understand how to use knowledge of letter patterns including double letters, spelling generalisations, morphemic word families, common prefixes and suffixes and word origins to spell more complex wordsElaborationsapplying generalisations for adding a...

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Karina Guerrero-Tapia

love this!

Karina Guerrero-Tapia · Feb 11th, 2021

Paul (Teach Starter)

Thanks, Karina! We’re glad you like it!

Paul (Teach Starter) · Feb 12th, 2021

David Brew

Thank you so very much to everyone at TeachStarter. Once again, you guys have responded to a request and fulfilled what I had asked beautifully. A well-deserved 5-stars all around!!!

David Brew · Mar 26th, 2020

Royce (Teach Starter)

Hey David, thank you for sharing your lovely feedback. It is nice to see these activity cards are meeting your expectations.

Royce (Teach Starter) · Mar 26th, 2020

David Brew

Hey —I just had another thought —could this resource be adapted to be a thesaurus quest? Like “Dictionary Dig” maybe it could be titled a “Thesaurus Trek” or “Vocabulary Voyage” (I can see pirate graphics or treasure chests or similar etc.)

David Brew · Mar 8th, 2020

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Paul (Teach Starter) · Mar 9th, 2020

David Brew

Thank you TeachStarter Team for this fabulous resource. I have used it in both for small group and independent/individual literacy activities. The included editable version also means that I can up-level or simplify the questions and answers to suit any of my students, making this resource useful across the grades. My only criticism of this resource is that all the graphics are girls. There are no boys shown at all. Could this be amended so our boys feel included too?

David Brew · Mar 8th, 2020

Paul (Teach Starter)

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Paul (Teach Starter) · Mar 9th, 2020

Zuriette Du Plessis

Thank you SO VERY MUCH for this activity. Thank you for helping us in such a creative way.

Zuriette Du Plessis · Nov 26th, 2017

Scott (Teach Starter)

Thank you for the feedback, Zuriette! So happy to hear that these will be useful for you 🙂

Scott (Teach Starter) · Jan 10th, 2018

Zuriette Du Plessis

Lovely resource for an independent Reading Group Activities to consolidate the use of Dictionaries. Thank you.

Zuriette Du Plessis · Nov 19th, 2017

Nikki (Teach Starter)

Hi Zuriette,

Thank you for your lovely comment! It is great to hear you are finding this resource useful in your classroom.

Kind regards,

Nikki (Teach Starter) · Nov 20th, 2017

Resource Updates

  • The images have been updated to include a boy.

    Change by Paul (Teach Starter) Mar 25th, 2020

  • Updated to include editable version of resource

    Addition by Nikki (Teach Starter) Nov 20th, 2017

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