Lesson Plan

Using Guide Words

students will learn how to find words in the dictionary by using the guide words
Aran H.
Classroom teacher
Rahn Elementary School (Eagan, MN)
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My Grades 2
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

locate and identify what the guide words are in a dictionary

identify and match a word to its correct guide words in a dictionary

write additional words that can be found on a page in the dictionary based on the guide words

explain why guide words are helpful


English Language Arts
Grades 2 - 3
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1 Hook

Hook your readers by showing this youtube video about a guide dog:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYsopskZNp0

Have a discussion about what you just saw:

What did you notice?

What is the dog doing?

Why is the dog wearing that harness?

What would happen if the dog was not there?

optional activity:  using a blindfold and have students help each other guide each other from point A to point B.

Just like there was a guide dog in the video and the guide dog helped the man get across the street and over the curb, today we are going to lean about guide words and how we can use them to help use find and locate words in a dictionary.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Presenting

3 Guided Practice

4 Independent Practice

5 Wrap-Up