1. 7 pieces of copy paper folded into a booklet
2. including it as a section in our notebook
Either way, it works great!
In each lesson, academic vocabulary was pre-taught. We would write the word and have a discussion about what they knew/thought they knew about the term. We would then write a student friendly definition. Lastly, students came up with an illustration that helped them link the word and definition. We would talk about a couple of examples as a class, and students could pick the one that worked for them.
My illustrations ranged from unfortunate to gross- even scandalous once. It was an accident. I promise!
New words were applied to class assignments that day and were there for future reference. It also saved me lots of words. We didn't have to reteach, reteach, reteach what a simile was. Students could reference their dictionaries anytime and were encouraged to do so.
I know that our visual dictionary benefited all students but was incredibly powerful for our LEP population.