The smart way to improve grades

Comprehensive & curriculum aligned

Affordable pricing from £10/month

Using Dictionaries 2

In this worksheet, students will be asked to read new words and find their meanings in a dictionary.

'Using Dictionaries 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Dictionaries

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

When we read we often come across new words that we have never heard of before. When you read a word that you don't understand, you can try looking up its definition (what the word means) in a dictionary.

 

Look at this word:

precise

 

How can you use a dictionary?

1. First, you need to look at the first letter of the word:

p

 

2. Now you need to find the 'p' section in your dictionary. Use the alphabet to help you here:

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

'p' is at the middle/end of the alphabet, so you need to look in the middle/end of the dictionary to find the 'p' section.

 

3. Now you need to look at the second letter of the word:

r

 

4. Now you need to find the 'pr' section. Use the alphabet to help you here:

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

'r' is at the middle/end of the alphabet, so you need to look for 'pr' words in the middle/end of the 'p' section.

 

5. Now you need to look at the third letter of the word:

e

 

6. Now you need to find the 'pre' section. Use the alphabet to help you here:

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

'e' is in the beginning of the alphabet, so you need to look for 'pre' words in the beginning of the 'pr' section.

 

7. Now look down the 'pre' word section, until you find:

precise

You have now hopefully found its definition is:

Something that is exact in every detail.

 
 

In this activity, you will need to use your dictionary to find out the definitions of some new words.

Remember, the definitions in your dictionary may have a slightly different explanation, but the meaning should be the same.

Read this sentence. 

One day, an official letter arrived from the Queen. It invited everyone to the Palace for afternoon tea.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'official'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

something that is written that is very rude or upsetting

something that is written or done by the government or someone in charge

Read this sentence. 

The tiger was the most vibrant dancer in the dancing competition.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'vibrant'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

something that is full of energy and life

something that is unusual or unexpected

Read this sentence. 

Toady, the large dog was asked to justify his actions to the leader of their team.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'justify'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

when you can explain why you have done something, or your ideas

something that is written that is very rude or upsetting

Read this sentence. 

The red roses at the flower show were dramatic.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'dramatic'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

something that can be easily carried around

something that is very exciting and interesting

Read this sentence. 

A modest bunch of flowers were delivered next morning.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'modest'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

something or someone that does not show off or look showy

something or someone that is not finished

Read this sentence. 

"My son is very practical," said Marjorie. 

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'practical'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

something that can be easily carried around

someone who is good at working with their hands

Read this sentence. 

Her arch-rival looked at her from across the room, arms folded and staring.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'arch-rival'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

someone who is from the past

someone who is your main enemy and trying to win something against you

Read this sentence. 

The segmented plate was very strange, thought the little girl. "Why would you want one of those?" she asked aloud.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'segmented'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

means that everything can fit together perfectly

something that is split into different sections

Read this sentence. 

The forest was dense with tall trees.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'dense'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

something that is really dark

something that is really hard to see through

Read this sentence. 

"We all need to assemble in the Great Hall at noon," said Winnie.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'assemble'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

when everything can fit together perfectly

someone or something that comes together as a whole, or in a group

  • Question 1

Read this sentence. 

One day, an official letter arrived from the Queen. It invited everyone to the Palace for afternoon tea.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'official'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
something that is written or done by the government or someone in charge
EDDIE SAYS
Wow, what an exciting letter to receive!
  • Question 2

Read this sentence. 

The tiger was the most vibrant dancer in the dancing competition.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'vibrant'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
something that is full of energy and life
EDDIE SAYS
Can you think of a person you know or maybe someone off the television that you could describe as vibrant?
  • Question 3

Read this sentence. 

Toady, the large dog was asked to justify his actions to the leader of their team.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'justify'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
when you can explain why you have done something, or your ideas
EDDIE SAYS
Sometimes if people disagree with your behaviour, you could be asked to justify your actions.
  • Question 4

Read this sentence. 

The red roses at the flower show were dramatic.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'dramatic'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
something that is very exciting and interesting
EDDIE SAYS
The red roses were probably the flower that captured most people's attention!
  • Question 5

Read this sentence. 

A modest bunch of flowers were delivered next morning.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'modest'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
something or someone that does not show off or look showy
EDDIE SAYS
A modest bunch of flowers would still be beautiful to look at, however, they do not show off in the same way as the dramatic red roses at the flower show.
  • Question 6

Read this sentence. 

"My son is very practical," said Marjorie. 

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'practical'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
someone who is good at working with their hands
EDDIE SAYS
Do you know a practical person? What can they do with their hands?
  • Question 7

Read this sentence. 

Her arch-rival looked at her from across the room, arms folded and staring.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'arch-rival'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
someone who is your main enemy and trying to win something against you
EDDIE SAYS
Oh dear, with their 'arms folded and staring' it doesn't sound like they're very pleased to see her.
  • Question 8

Read this sentence. 

The segmented plate was very strange, thought the little girl. "Why would you want one of those?" she asked aloud.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'segmented'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
something that is split into different sections
EDDIE SAYS
Sometimes young babies eat their food off a segmented plate because they don't like different foods touching or getting mixed up.
  • Question 9

Read this sentence. 

The forest was dense with tall trees.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'dense'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
something that is really hard to see through
EDDIE SAYS
I wonder what kind of creatures we could find in the trees?
  • Question 10

Read this sentence. 

"We all need to assemble in the Great Hall at noon," said Winnie.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'assemble'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
someone or something that comes together as a whole, or in a group
EDDIE SAYS
I wonder what is going to happen in the Great Hall at noon? Maybe someone is going to make an announcement?
---- OR ----

Sign up for a £1 trial so you can track and measure your child's progress on this activity.

What is EdPlace?

We're your National Curriculum aligned online education content provider helping each child succeed in English, maths and science from year 1 to GCSE. With an EdPlace account you’ll be able to track and measure progress, helping each child achieve their best. We build confidence and attainment by personalising each child’s learning at a level that suits them.

Get started
laptop

Start your £1 trial today.
Subscribe from £10/month.