This lesson is for Primary students above 8 years old and develops students reading and dictionary skills.


In this fun and engaging lesson plan for primary pupils aged 8 or over, you will find a quiz to help your learners develop their reading and dictionary skills, as well as a series of enjoyable tasks designed to promote group work. 

Topic: Using dictionaries

Level: A2 - B2


  • To develop students’ dictionary skills
  • To raise students’ awareness of the information they can find in a dictionary
  • To develop students’ skills of prediction when they come across new vocabulary
  • To encourage group collaboration in project work
  • To promote creativity.

Age group: Primary (8 years +)

Time: 60 minutes +


  1. Class dictionaries or online dictionary. Cambridge and Macmillan both have online dictionaries: and
  2. Lesson plan
  3. Dictionary quiz
  4. Answer key
  5. Dictionary quiz template
  6. Appendix B (text)

By Katherine Bilsborough

The plans and worksheets are downloadable and in pdf format - right click on the attachment and save it on your computer.

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I really like the way you integrate active learning by having the students find the answers, check themselves and make quizzes for others. It's not really clear, however, how the story fits in.

Hi Kara
Thank you for your positive comments about the lesson plan and activities! The story fits as part of the dictionary quiz that the learners do (part 6 asks them to match 14 words in the story with the definitions on the quiz worksheet). Hope this helps.

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