Dictionaries find appreciative audience

Third-graders express enthusiasm over paper-bound information book
By: 
CAROLYN DRYER, Peoria Times Editor

Photos by Carolyn Dryer

Third-grader Ariana practices sign language, using illustrations contained in her new dictionary.
 

Young student Nolan joins others in learning more about their new dictionaries.
 

Third-grader Samantha consults with teacher Barb Westcott to learn more about how to use her dictionary.

Above, Serena signs her name in her new dictionary. Below, Patricia waves while she looks through her dictionary.

In this day and age of super-technology, it was a welcome site to see: Third-grade students at Sahuaro Ranch Elementary School becoming excited about receiving their own personal dictionaries, compliments of Peoria Rotary Club. The dictionaries were delivered Nov. 8 to the students at the school.
For more than a decade, members of the Peoria Rotary Club have been delivering dictionaries to third-graders in Peoria Unified School District. It is not just a dictionary filled with spellings and definitions of words. It contains the longest word in the English language — almost 2,000 characters — that defies pronunciation by the lay person. It is defined as a chemical compound containing more than 250 amino acids.
The dictionary also has a page filled with illustrations of sign language words. A student was seen practicing sign language after she received her dictionary.
One student came upon a page that he indicated would help him learn multiplication. On another page is a listing of all the planets in the universe; on a facing page is an illustration of where the planets exist in the galaxy.
All of the students were quick to write their names inside the dictionary. They were told the books were theirs to take home and bring to school to  help with their writing assignments.
Sahuaro Elementary School principal Bridget Stockwell stopped by the classrooms to take pictures of the young students holding up their dictionaries.
Third-grade teacher Barb Westcott answered young student Samantha, who stood by her desk and asked questions about her new dictionary.
In an adjoining third-grade class, teacher Susan Day was all smiles as her students, too, began exploring the written words inside their dictionaries.

 

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