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Using Dictionaries 1

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

'Using Dictionaries 1' 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:

bitter

 

How can you use a dictionary?

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

b

 

2. Now you need to find the 'b' 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

'b' is at the beginning of the alphabet, so you need to look in the beginning of the dictionary to find the 'b' section.

 

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

i

 

4. Now you need to find the 'bi' 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

'i' is at the beginning/middle of the alphabet, so you need to look for 'bi' words in the beginning/middle of the 'b' section.

 

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

t

 

6. Now you need to find the 'bit' 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

't' is in the end of the alphabet, so you need to look for 'bit' words in the end of the 'bi' section.

 

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

bitter

You have now hopefully found its definition is:

Something that tastes sharp or someone that is disappointed.

 

 

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 word: 

assemble

 

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

Tick the correct meaning below.

to gather together

to explain why you have done something

Read this word: 

foul

 

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

Tick the correct meaning below.

when something smells lovely

when something is really disgusting

Read this word: 

precise

 

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

Tick the correct meaning below.

to gather together

when something is exact

Read this word: 

labour

 

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

Tick the correct meaning below.

means easy work

means hard work

Read this word: 

grasp

 

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

Tick the correct meaning below.

to chew

to hold firmly

Read this sentence. 

We all cried in terror.

 

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

Tick the correct meaning below.

We were amazed by something.

We were really scared by something.

Read this sentence. 

The lions wandered around.

 

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

Tick the correct meaning below.

The lions were jumping up and down.

The lions were walking around in different directions.

Read this sentence. 

I could hear the din from the garden.

 

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

Tick the correct meaning below.

I could hear people eating.

I could hear a loud annoying noise.

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.

The forest is really hard to see through.

The forest is really dark.

Read this sentence. 

The teacher distributed the cakes.

 

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

Tick the correct meaning below.

 

The teacher handed out the cakes.

The teacher cut up the cakes.

  • Question 1

Read this word: 

assemble

 

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

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
to gather together
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? 'The headteacher asked all classes to assemble in the school hall with their teachers.'
  • Question 2

Read this word: 

foul

 

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

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
when something is really disgusting
EDDIE SAYS
'Oh no, that rubbish bin smells foul.'
  • Question 3

Read this word: 

precise

 

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

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
when something is exact
EDDIE SAYS
'We must use the precise ingredients for the cake to taste truly delicious!'
  • Question 4

Read this word: 

labour

 

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

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
means hard work
EDDIE SAYS
'They had to labour for hours until the building was finally complete.'
  • Question 5

Read this word: 

grasp

 

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

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
to hold firmly
EDDIE SAYS
'She held onto her money with a tight grasp.'
  • Question 6

Read this sentence. 

We all cried in terror.

 

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

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
We were really scared by something.
EDDIE SAYS
'We all cried in terror.' This sounds a little spooky, I wonder what it was?
  • Question 7

Read this sentence. 

The lions wandered around.

 

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

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
The lions were walking around in different directions.
EDDIE SAYS
'The lions wandered around.' I wonder what the lions were looking for? Why were they wandering?
  • Question 8

Read this sentence. 

I could hear the din from the garden.

 

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

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
I could hear a loud annoying noise.
EDDIE SAYS
'I could hear the din from the garden.' I wonder who was making such a din?
  • 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
The forest is really hard to see through.
EDDIE SAYS
'The forest was dense with tall trees.' I wonder what kind of creatures we would find in the trees?
  • Question 10

Read this sentence. 

The teacher distributed the cakes.

 

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

Tick the correct meaning below.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The teacher handed out the cakes.
EDDIE SAYS
These cakes look very yummy, I hope there was enough for everyone!
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