Scholastic Children's DictionaryThis brand-new edition of the Scholastic Children's Dictionary is a solid, easy to use children's dictionary. The design makes it easy to find words and understand their meanings and uses. It has a good range of words for children in upper elementary grades - words such as abhor, abide and abrasive. Each entry includes part of speech, brief definition, sample sentence, and a pronunciation guide.
NY: Scholastic, 2010
ages 8 - 12
available on Amazon and at your local bookstore
I was especially impressed with the language used in the definitions when I compared this dictionary to other student dictionaries we have. It uses simple but clear and precise language to define words children will encounter in their reading and schoolwork. Here's an example:
Scholastic Children's Dictionary:The Scholastic Children's Dictionary is precise and yet easy for children to understand. One of my biggest frustrations is when dictionaries define words in a complicated way, confusing students who are trying to do the right thing when they don't understand a word.
abhor: "to hate someone or something. Alix abhors romantic movies."
Concise Oxford Dictionary:
abhor: "to regard with disgust or hatred"
This edition has been updated for 2010, including hundreds of new entries and definitions, color pictures and illustrations, and interesting word histories. It also includes a thesaurus, maps, state and country facts, and information on the US presidents in the back matter.
I have not found a new dictionary for middle school students that I really like. Do you have one that you use and think works well?
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