Name of Strategy: Picture Dictionary


  • Rationale:
• A Picture Dictionary helps my visual students by matching a picture or drawing with a word. It also allows my more artistic students to be successful at learning vocabulary terms.

  • Courses in which it could be implemented:
• This can be done in any subject area. Picture dictionaries can be created throughout a unit of study as a way to learn new vocabulary.

  • Diverse learners:
• This is an activity that a student can individualize because they are either drawing the picture to go with the term or they choosing a picture to go with the term.

  • Procedure:
1. At the beginning of a unit of study, choose 5-10 vocabulary terms.
2. Have students make a bound book with enough pages to have a cover and a term per page.
3. Make a cover that goes with the unit—for example Weather Dictionary
4. Make a page for each term, making sure terms are in ABC order. For example in a weather dictionary some possible terms would be—atmosphere, barometer, cloud, precipitation, tornado. For each term, students draw or find a picture that goes with the term.
5. Underneath each term, students write the definition.


  • Potential Issues:
• Some students may find it difficult to draw pictures—if they do not see themselves as artists. In order to help these students, make a computer available for students to find photographs of the terms on the internet. They can print them out and color them (if there is no color printer).

  • References
• This is something I got from another teacher when I was a student. I don’t remember the name of the teacher, or where she got it from.