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Use Dictionaries: Revise Alphabet Order 1

In this worksheet, students revise the alphabet order so that they can quickly search for words in a dictionary.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Dictionaries

Difficulty level:  

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QUESTION 1 of 10

A dictionary is a very useful book.


It can help us to spell words and it also gives the definitions (or meanings) of words.

 

Dictionaries are arranged in alphabetical order, so if we want to look up a word beginning with the letter 'a' we need to look near the front and if we want to look up a word beginning with 'w' we need to look near the back.

 

In this worksheet you will be thinking about how the words in a dictionary are arranged. If you have a dictionary it will be helpful but you should be able to complete the worksheet without one.

Whereabouts in a dictionary would you find the word zebra?

near the front

around the middle

near the back

Whereabouts in a dictionary would you find the word ambulance?

near the front

around the middle

near the back

Whereabouts in a dictionary would you find the word microscope?

near the front

around the middle

near the back

Whereabouts in a dictionary would you find the word penguin?

near the front

around the middle

near the back

Whereabouts in a dictionary would you find the word dinosaur?

near the front

around the middle

near the back

Which of the words in the list would you find near the front of a dictionary? Tick three boxes.

tennis

balloon

sun

light

airport

orange

dragon

mountain

Which of the words in the list would you find near the back of a dictionary? Tick three boxes.

zoo

fairy

year

desert

rabbit

window

jumper

baby

Which of the words in the list would you find near the middle of a dictionary? Tick three boxes.

octupus

website

actor

neighbour

blood

crash

lioness

x-ray

Look at this list of animals. Are they in alphabetical order or not?

 

baboon

elephant

giraffe

monkey

scorpion

tiger

in alphabetical order

not in alphabetical order

Look at this list of countries. Are they in alphabetical order or not?

 

France

Germany

Spain

Italy

Poland

Russia

in alphabetical order

not in alphabetical order

  • Question 1

Whereabouts in a dictionary would you find the word zebra?

CORRECT ANSWER
near the back
EDDIE SAYS
Zebra begins with 'z', which is the last letter in the alphabet, so the word will be very near the back of the dictionary.
  • Question 2

Whereabouts in a dictionary would you find the word ambulance?

CORRECT ANSWER
near the front
EDDIE SAYS
The letter 'a' is the first in the alphabet.
  • Question 3

Whereabouts in a dictionary would you find the word microscope?

CORRECT ANSWER
around the middle
EDDIE SAYS
The letter 'm' is 13th out of the 26 letters of the alphabet, so 'microscope' would be very close to the middle of the dictionary.
  • Question 4

Whereabouts in a dictionary would you find the word penguin?

CORRECT ANSWER
around the middle
EDDIE SAYS
The letter 'p' is 16th out of 26 letters in the alphabet so the word 'penguin' would be quite near the middle.
  • Question 5

Whereabouts in a dictionary would you find the word dinosaur?

CORRECT ANSWER
near the front
EDDIE SAYS
The letter 'd' is the 4th in the alphabet, so the word 'dinosaur' would be near the front of the dictionary.
  • Question 6

Which of the words in the list would you find near the front of a dictionary? Tick three boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
balloon
airport
dragon
  • Question 7

Which of the words in the list would you find near the back of a dictionary? Tick three boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
zoo
year
window
  • Question 8

Which of the words in the list would you find near the middle of a dictionary? Tick three boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
octupus
neighbour
lioness
  • Question 9

Look at this list of animals. Are they in alphabetical order or not?

 

baboon

elephant

giraffe

monkey

scorpion

tiger

CORRECT ANSWER
in alphabetical order
  • Question 10

Look at this list of countries. Are they in alphabetical order or not?

 

France

Germany

Spain

Italy

Poland

Russia

CORRECT ANSWER
not in alphabetical order
EDDIE SAYS
Spain is in the wrong place. It should be last in the list.
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