Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary

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An all-new edition of the essential dictionary for children grades 3-5, ages 8-11, with more than 36,000 entries. Expanded usage sentences and phrases include over 1,300 quotes from classic and contemporary children's literature. Additional enhanced features include hundreds of new, colorful illustrations, photographs, and diagrams; word history and synonym paragraphs; pronunciation paragraphs for each letter; child-friendly usage notes; and Greek and Latin word root paragraphs to aid spelling and ...

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Overview

An all-new edition of the essential dictionary for children grades 3-5, ages 8-11, with more than 36,000 entries. Expanded usage sentences and phrases include over 1,300 quotes from classic and contemporary children's literature. Additional enhanced features include hundreds of new, colorful illustrations, photographs, and diagrams; word history and synonym paragraphs; pronunciation paragraphs for each letter; child-friendly usage notes; and Greek and Latin word root paragraphs to aid spelling and vocabulary-building. Special sections include U.S. Presidents, geographical terms, signs and symbols, word roots, and a list of literary works used in the text.

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Gr 3-6

Bridging the publisher's Primary Dictionary and its Intermediate or School offerings, this update contains more than 36,000 entries and 800 color illustrations, photographs, and diagrams, many of them new. Most entries include sample sentences; 1300 are quotations from popular children's books (listed in an appendix). The work of classic authors such as Louisa May Alcott and E. B. White, along with contemporary writers such as Judy Blume and Jack Gantos, is excerpted to "...help build language skills and encourage a love of reading." Many of the quotes are uninspiring and not particularly representative of the books: for example, a line from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Scholastic, 1999) reads: "The sides of the car were scratched and smeared with mud." On each page, guide words in color appear at the top, and a vertical alphabet list (with the current letter framed) scrolls down the margin. Most pages have one or two images or highlighted paragraphs discussing word histories, Greek and Latin roots, or synonyms. "Headscratchers" contain inane curiosities such as, "Thousand is the first number whose name is spelled using an a. That means that you can count from zero to nine-hundred, ninety-nine without ever using an a!" Front matter includes a labeled page key and an explanatory "Using Your Dictionary" note. Signs and symbols (including mathematical and business-writing conventions), a geographical name dictionary, and full-color political world and U.S. maps are appended.-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877796756
  • Publisher: Merriam-Webster, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 848
  • Sales rank: 271,665
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Solid Dictionary for Elementary School Kids

    Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary is a solid dictionary for children in grades 3-6. (It should not be confused with the Webster New World Children's Dictionary.) Before purchasing, I carefully examined the Webster's New World (solid, good definitions, easy layout); the Scholastic Children's Dictionary (colorful, but few words and poor academically); the American Heritage Children's Dictionary and MacMillan (both decent, but not great overall, though). Some have nicer graphics than the Merriam-Webster, while others are lighter or smaller. But overall, the Merriam-Webster edges them all out.

    Ultimately, it's the quality of Merriam-Webster's definitions that excel. The dictionary is easy for younger kids to use in terms of layout (though Scholastic will beat it out here, though what you get from Scholastic isn't great in terms of definitions or quantity). Also, it's pronunciation guide is old-school, which is a negative for some, but a positive for me. Much of the newer pronunciation guides reflect lazy diction, dropping consonants or slurring syllables together. Not so with Merriam-Webster.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    Great first "real" dictionary

    My third grader had used dictionaries, but it was time for him to be able to learn to use one from front to back completely on his own. This dictionary meets our needs. He looks up words for spelling purposes, definitions for vocabulary quizzes, and learns challenge words on a weekly basis - all on his own and all with the help of this book. I highly recommend it for keeping a child's interest (nice colorful pictures) and thorough coverage of words being learned by elementary-aged children.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2009

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    Ok for children learning

    It's a ok book for children learning but Merriam webster's vocabulary builder is a lot better.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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