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How many of you still have actual dictionaries and thesauruses in your classroom. Do your students still use them? Is this a lost art?

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I have dictionaries. My pet peeve is when teachers tell students who can’t spell something to look up the word in the dictionary though.

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My kids actually mainly use them for spelling because a lot of them can’t read well enough to understand the definition, at least at the beginning of the year. What helps is, instead of alphabet cards on my wall, I have sound cards that show different common spellings of a sound. They also show if certain spellings are mostly found at the beginning or ending of a word. They really help narrow down the choices of where to look in the dictionary.

I have dictionaries and yes they are used. Any time a kid asks me how to spell something I spell the word dictionary. 😂

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I have both. The kids do actually use them from time to time.

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I do. I try to force them to use it when it is applicable.

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I have dictionaries! My students will use them sometimes. Sometimes I don’t let them use their chromebooks for definitions

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I think I might still have one, but all my students have chrome books so I think it’s only use is giggling at naughty words

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i feel like they are pointless when kids have personal devices, but soon they won't be able to alphabetize!

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I have 6! And I do a dictionary challenge to make sure they actually know how to use them.

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It’s in our standards to teach kids how to use dictionaries. A lot of my kids really love using them while they are writing.

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I have a dictionary. They never use it.

We use them frequently.

I don’t have any and I wish I had a couple actually! My students often ask to use a dictionary to look up a word they don’t know while reading and I either have to explain it to them or tell them to get a Chromebook and google it 😅 I was impressed the first few times students asked to borrow a dictionary though, I assumed they would just ask to use a computer to search it!

Every time they asked me what a word means or how to spell something, I jokingly blow the dust off a dictionary and ask everyone if they know what this ancient tool is called as I parade it around the classroom displaying its red, glossy cover in all its glory. “You get a dictionary, and you get a dictionary! Everyone gets a dictionary!” And yes they can use their computers, too, but we just weren’t using them at the time

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