Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Reference Books - Sort


                 I have a confession...

I've taught for 5 years and I have never explicitly taught the differences between a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, and an atlas...

I just assumed they always knew...

We use dictionaries all year... 
and atlases...
and thesauruses...
and online encyclopedias...
                         So I thought they would know!

But they don't. I was shocked to see that my students struggled to identify the differences between the uses of each of these books.

So, I made this sort...
What do ya think?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love it! I had realized the same thing a few months back. I had to do a whole mini-lesson on the different types and came up with scenarios as well and had them shout out which references to use. I could definitely use this sort as independent practice! :)

Miss Teacher said...

LOVE THIS! Don't worry, you are not alone. I am almost positive my kids don't know the difference...I will definitely use this! Thanks :)

Kristen said...

ooo...I love this too! I'm definitely guilty of the same. This is awesome, thanks so much!!! :)
Kristen

Morgan said...

Great idea! We use the Everyday Math curriculum and the students have Student Resource books they have to use. I did an enrichment lesson one time on whether you should look in the table of contents of the index to find something. I was amazed at how much they struggle to determine where to look.

Amanda K. said...

THANK YOU for making this! This is actually one of our state tested skills. I spend ALOT of the year going over these.

Amanda
Third Grade Experience

Melissa C. said...

Great idea! Too often we make assumptions without even knowing we are doing it! It's great when a lightbulb goes off in our heads and we are able to really help our students learn something new and valuable. It sounds like your students are already using these resources efficiently. Now they will be able to do it independently!
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Jenny said...

I am going to ask my almost 7 year old tomorrow if she knows the difference. Good chart!

ainsley said...

Love this! thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

Genius! Love it!

Nancy Wilson said...

I love it!! Yes, they definately need help with the differences..we try to work on it all year in third grade...then you watch a child get one wrong on a test :( MORE PRACTICE needed.Thanks for providing some! Thanks, Nancy
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kericedor said...

I think many of us are guilty of this :)

Caleb's Mama said...

There is a great book at Scholastic for $1 right now that is called Great Activities for Learning How to Use Reference Books. I use it each year and love it! Thanks for your printable!

Luria Learning said...

Wow - I also realize that I have not been very good about teaching the difference between these books. Thanks so much for the sort.

Sacha

Luria Learning Blog

JessieC said...

I do teach it and they still don't know when they come to you the next year!

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