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Education sheet for secondary- and adult-level classes, applicable to all illustrations on the Visual Dictionary site

For all images – secondary and adult levels
Required materials: The teacher will determine, in conjunction with the students, which medium (notebook, database, website, etc.) will be used to keep track of their vocabulary discoveries.


Before showing the image:

  • You all know what a … is.
  • What is it used for?
  • Can you imagine which parts of the whole are identified in the Visual Dictionary?
  • Which parts can you identify on your own?
  • As a team, develop a definition for each of the parts you already know.

  • The teacher shows the image.

  • Did we correctly identify the number of parts?
  • Using the Visual Dictionary, let’s check the definition given for each of the parts we already know. Do you notice any differences?
  • Are there any parts we don’t already know?
  • Is it possible to come up with a definition for these parts? In teams, come up with the most accurate definition you can.
  • If we compare each team’s definition, can we write a combined definition that covers all of the important elements?
  • Let’s compare our new definition with the one in the Visual Dictionary.
  • 12. Under what heading should we put these new definitions?
  • What notes should we include concerning the construction of the word? Is there a prefix? A suffix? Any spelling difficulties to watch for? Similarities with other words we already know?
  • Can we add these words to a word family we have already studied?
  • What are the main word combinations that we can list for each of the words?


With each successive lesson, students will build lexical systems that they can refer to, similar to a glossary, when preparing their presentations and papers.