I teach third grade and I need your advice. Personally, I do not think it is effective for students to learn new vocabulary by simply recording definitions from a dictionary. We use new words in sentences, learn from context clues, draw pictures, and act out our new words. I only slightly touch on dictionary skills in order to make sure they understand the concept. However, do you feel that I should have them search for words in a dictionary more often to prepare them for fourth grade and above? THoughts?