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Dictionary Skills: Finding the Words You Need

In this worksheet, students practise sequencing words in alphabetical order according to their third and fourth letters so that they can use a dictionary to check their work.

'Dictionary Skills: Finding the Words You Need' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:  Use a Dictionary

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A dictionary is arranged in alphabetical order.

The alphabet

Sometimes words begin with the same letter as each other and may even have the same second letter. If this is the case then the words are arranged by looking at the third letters.

 

thank   there    thick   thorn   thumb

 

If the third letters are the same, too, then look at the fourth letters.

 

cradle   craft    craggy   cram   crate

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

 

 garden    gallop    gather    game    gain    gas

 

They all start with the letters 'ga' so you will need to arrange them by their third letters.

Column A

Column B

1
gather
2
gain
3
game
4
gallop
5
garden
6
gas

Arrange these words in alphabetical order: 

 

bright    brisk    bridge    brilliant    brick

 

Do you need to look at the third or the fourth letter?

Column A

Column B

1
bright
2
bridge
3
brilliant
4
brick
5
brisk

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

 

arm    area    arrow    arch    art    argue

Column A

Column B

1
art
2
arm
3
argue
4
arrow
5
area
6
arch

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

 

cabin   calendar   capture   canteen   casserole   cafeteria

Column A

Column B

1
casserole
2
calendar
3
cabin
4
cafeteria
5
capture
6
canteen

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

 

paddle    paper    pattern    panda    parrot    paw

Column A

Column B

1
pattern
2
parrot
3
paddle
4
paw
5
panda
6
paper

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

 

nature    nail    narrate    name    naked    napkin

Column A

Column B

1
nature
2
naked
3
nail
4
name
5
napkin
6
narrate

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

 

front    free    fragile    fry    fruit    friend

Column A

Column B

1
fruit
2
front
3
fragile
4
fry
5
friend
6
free

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

 

pretend    precise    prefix    prepare    predict    present

Column A

Column B

1
prefix
2
precise
3
present
4
prepare
5
pretend
6
predict

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

 

last    label    lamb    lady    large    laid

Column A

Column B

1
large
2
label
3
lamb
4
last
5
lady
6
laid

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

 

drawer    drill    drown    drum    drop    dream

Column A

Column B

1
drop
2
drown
3
drill
4
drawer
5
drum
6
dream
  • Question 1

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

 

 garden    gallop    gather    game    gain    gas

 

They all start with the letters 'ga' so you will need to arrange them by their third letters.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1
gain
2
gallop
3
game
4
garden
5
gas
6
gather
EDDIE SAYS
Let's do this! Going through the alphabet, you can order the words by their third letters. 'i' comes first, then 'l', then 'm', then 'r', then 's' and finally 't' comes last.
  • Question 2

Arrange these words in alphabetical order: 

 

bright    brisk    bridge    brilliant    brick

 

Do you need to look at the third or the fourth letter?

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1
brick
2
bridge
3
bright
4
brilliant
5
brisk
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! This time, we look at the FOURTH letter, as all of the words start with 'bri'.
'c' comes first, then 'd', then 'g', then 'l' and finally 's'.
  • Question 3

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

 

arm    area    arrow    arch    art    argue

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1
arch
2
area
3
argue
4
arm
5
arrow
6
art
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! All of these words begin with 'ar', so we have to look at the third letter.
'c' comes first, then 'e', then 'g', then 'm', then 'r' and finally 't'.
  • Question 4

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

 

cabin   calendar   capture   canteen   casserole   cafeteria

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1
cabin
2
cafeteria
3
calendar
4
canteen
5
capture
6
casserole
EDDIE SAYS
We have to look at the third letter here, too - as all of the words begin with 'ca'.
'b' comes first, then 'f', then 'l', then 'n', then 'p' and finally 's'. Keep up the great effort!
  • Question 5

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

 

paddle    paper    pattern    panda    parrot    paw

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1
paddle
2
panda
3
paper
4
parrot
5
pattern
6
paw
EDDIE SAYS
Are you getting the hang of this now? Again, we look at the third letter to order these words.
'd' comes first, then 'n', then 'p', then 'r', then 't' and finally 'w'.
  • Question 6

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

 

nature    nail    narrate    name    naked    napkin

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1
nail
2
naked
3
name
4
napkin
5
narrate
6
nature
EDDIE SAYS
You've got this! As all the word begin with 'na' we have to look at the third letter to put them in alphabetical order.
  • Question 7

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

 

front    free    fragile    fry    fruit    friend

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1
fragile
2
free
3
friend
4
front
5
fruit
6
fry
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get them all correct? As the first two letters of the words are the same we need to look at the third letter to decide which order the words come in.
  • Question 8

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

 

pretend    precise    prefix    prepare    predict    present

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1
precise
2
predict
3
prefix
4
prepare
5
present
6
pretend
EDDIE SAYS
This time, we look at the fourth letter of each word, to work out their alphabetical order.
'c' comes first, then 'd', then 'f', then 'p', then 's' and finally 't'.
  • Question 9

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

 

last    label    lamb    lady    large    laid

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1
label
2
lady
3
laid
4
lamb
5
large
6
last
EDDIE SAYS
High five! As the first two letters are the same we look at the third letter to decide on the alphabetical order. 'b' comes first followed by 'd', 'i', 'm', 'r' and then 's'.
  • Question 10

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

 

drawer    drill    drown    drum    drop    dream

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1
drawer
2
dream
3
drill
4
drop
5
drown
6
drum
EDDIE SAYS
Amazing effort! As the first two letters are the same in these words you need to look at the third letter in each word to decide which order they should go in.
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