Classroom Ideas – Visual Vocabulary

One sixth grade student who I observed was very turned off by writing down the to his weekly vocabulary words.

It became a non-preferred task for him – something he was reluctant to complete.

However, when he was allowed to draw the meaning of the word to show his understanding, he became more engaged in the learning.

In the example below, he was studying the root –ject. He created the following cartoon/graphic to show his understanding of the word family. His comprehension of how this root is used in the following words.

His humor is also able to come out in this format:

Whether through a digital format, such as Bitstrips, Comic Creator, ToonDoo, MakeBelifsComix, or by hand, creating a visual representation of word knowledge is an engaging alternative for expressing vocabulary learning, if one has ASD.

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