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3rd Grade - Use Reference Materials

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Use reference materials (e.g., dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, and encyclopedia). 0301.4.3


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1. Critically Analyzing Information Sources.

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The emphasis here is on print sources. Ten things to look for when you evaluate an information source.  SEE MORE
 
2. Dictionary Exercises.

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This section will help you review and strengthen your knowledge of the dictionary. The 30 exercises are grouped into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Determine your level of knowledge and then select an exercise from the lists at the site. [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.] This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding SEE MORE
 
3. Easy as Pie.

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This exercise is to help you become accustomed to using the Thesaurus component of MS Word. Download the document - a set of cliches to edit using the MS Word Thesaurus - instructions included on the document. (A Microsoft Word document to be downloaded)  SEE MORE
 
4. Find a Word.

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Drag and drop each word onto the correct dictionary page. Practice using the dictionary with this interactive site. This site allows students to play a game or input or collect data.  SEE MORE
 
5. Introduction to Dictionary Skills.

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A charming video introduction to first dictionary skills, to help every child understand how to use dictionaries to find the words they need, and enrich their language. The animated video shows sample dictionary pages, explains how to locate words in the dictionary, and thoroughly explains parts of definitions, including parts of speech and multiple dictionaries.  SEE MORE
 
6. Practice Using a Dictionary as a Source.

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A lesson plan and a practice quiz on using a dictionary.  SEE MORE
 
7. Practice Using an Encyclopedia as a Source.

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A lesson and a practice quiz on using an encyclopedia.  SEE MORE
 
8. Practice with Antonyms.

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The exercises are grouped into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Be sure to have a dictionary handy! [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.] SEE MORE
 
9. Practice with Homonyms.

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The exercises are grouped into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Be sure to have a dictionary handy! [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.] SEE MORE
 
10. Practice with Synonyms.

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The exercises are grouped into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Be sure to have a dictionary handy! [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.] SEE MORE
 
11. Reference Skills.

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Choosing which to use: almanac, encyclopedia, atlas, newspaper, thesaurus or dictionary SEE MORE
 
12. Using a Glossary.

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A lab activity to recognize and use the definitions in a glossary as they relate to a text [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.] This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding [10 multiple-choice questions] SEE MORE
 
13. Using Reference Skills (Atlas, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Thesaurus).

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Free educational videos from WatchKnowLearn.org on using reference skills. There are 11 videos in this category and 14 videos in 1 subcategory. SEE MORE
 
14. Using References.

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A lesson plan explaining a variety of reference materials and a practice quiz  SEE MORE
 
15. Using the Dictionary.

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A lab to use the dictionary to understand the meanings of words in context [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.] This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding. [20 multiple-choice questions] SEE MORE
 
16. Using the Internet as a Source.

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An online quiz. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding. SEE MORE
 
17. Critically Analyzing Information Sources.

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From the Cornell University Library: "Ten things to look for when you evaluate an information source." Those ten things: Initial Appraisal: A. Author B. Date of Publication C. Edition or Revision D. Publisher E. Title of Journal Content Analysis: A. Intended Audience B. Objective Reasoning C. Coverage D. Writing Style E. Evaluative Reviews  SEE MORE
 
18. Dictionary Exercises.

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This section will help you review and strengthen your knowledge of the dictionary. The 30 exercises are grouped into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Determine your level of knowledge and then select an exercise from the lists at the site. [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.]  SEE MORE
 
19. Easy as Pie.

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Download this Word document which contains a set of cliches to edit using the MS Word Thesaurus. Instructions included on the document. SEE MORE
 
20. Find a Word.

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Drag and drop each word onto the correct dictionary page. Practice using the dictionary with this interactive site.  SEE MORE
 

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