Teaching Resource

Dictionary Skills Task Cards

PDF, Google Slides | 7 pages|Grades: 3 - 5

A set of 12 task cards to practice various dictionary skills.

Use these task cards to reinforce your students’ dictionary skills.

Students will complete a multitude of tasks using a dictionary and writing their answers on their recording sheet. 

Skills include: 

  • using guide words
  • finding definitions
  • identifying parts of speech
  • determining the syllabication.

These task cards make a great reading center activity for your students.

Ways to Extend This Activity

Looking to extend this activity for your students? Here are a few of our favorite ideas: 

  • Have your students choose 5 unknown words from the task cards and look them up in the dictionary. Then, have them use all 5 words correctly in a silly story. 
  • Why not have your students create their own set of dictionary skill task cards and recording sheets? Then, trade with a partner and answer each other’s questions.
  • Have your students choose one of the unknown words from the task cards and complete our vocabulary graphic organizer using the word!

A recording sheet is included in the download. Use the drop-down menu to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version.


This resource has been created by Kelli Goffredi, a teacher in Texas and a Teach Starter Collaborator.

Looking for the Vocabulary Graphic Organizer mentioned above? Simply, click on the link below. 

  Common Core Curriculum alignment

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