I came up with this idea while trying to teach my children how to use the dictionary to look up words. (It turned out to be so much fun- and challenging, they play it now, well into their teens.) Of course, nowadays not many people use dictionaries, unless they are online versions. Online dictionaries do not give the user a sense of place and location of words. Not being able to alphabetize to the third , fourth and fifth letter leaves a person with a handicap as well as a gap in their learning. I believe the Dictionary Game helps to prevent and/or rectify the problem of
Step 1: Materials
• One or more players
• Hard copy of a dictionary – (level depends on the age of the players. Chose a dictionary that will be challenging but not overwhelming. )
• Paper and pencil for all participants.
• List of words . (words could be spelling/vocab list, or words you decide on arbitrarily. Make sure the words are not in alphabetical order. (You may want to alphabetize them for younger children.)
Step 2: Beginning
Open dictionary to its very first word and very last word – have everyone note the page numbers.
. Each player makes a score card with four columns and the following headings:
WORD – GUESS – ACTUAL - POINTS
Step 3: Round One
Have everyone write the first word in WORD column. Have each player write a guess for the dictionary page on which the word will be found. This is often some of the funniest times in the game when people are trying to make up their minds.
My first word is " j i n x ". My guess is that it will be found on page 594.