Created as an activity after introducing the parts of a dictionary, students either individually, or in pairs, look up different words (some familiar, some not) in the dictionary and write down the answers for each "clue." They then check off the graphic at the bottom of the page as they solve each clue. This activity focuses on guide words, parts of speech, and multiple meaning words/definitions. Detectives then must write an original sentence using their word.
There are 10 words that are commonly found in most elementary/children's dictionaries: bronze, fawn, fritter, iris, kookaburra, manatee, nasturtium, shark, silk, wigwam.
An extension would be for students to find other words by exploring the dictionary on their own, writing them on the back of their paper, using the word in an original sentence (my students had a lot of fun with this activity and had no idea, for example, that "dog" could be both an animal and a person!).
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