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Dictionary & Thesaurus


Dictionaries and thesauruses can serve as resources for students to expand their Vocabulary knowledge. Easy access to definitions and similar words helps students understand and remember words more readily.

Use It in the Classroom

  • Incorporating web dictionaries and thesaurus into a Vocabulary lesson allows learners to quickly search and understand unfamiliar words. When learners look up challenging words while they read, they monitor their comprehension and activate cognitive processes that support increased recall and consolidation to Long-term Memory.

  • Design It into Your Product

  • [Word Central][1] is a kid-friendly Merriam-Webster web dictionary that also includes a thesaurus, rhyming dictionary, and word games. When learners misspell a word, the dictionary offers suggestions to help students search for the correct word.

    [1]: Design It into Your Product
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