Activity Overview

When covering important topics, it is essential for all students to understand common terminology so that everyone is on the same page with content. When students define words in their own terms using visuals, it helps students get their perspectives across and retain information better. It is very possible to create visuals without depicting the act of purging itself. Creating educational scenes rather than inappropriate, triggering scenes is important for maintaining a safe environment for all students.

Have the students choose five of the terms below. Students will create a spider map defining and illustrating vocabulary words for disordered eating.. Usually students will pick the most popular three (anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating) because they are familiar with these terms and it may be easier for them to visualize. Asking them to pick five will force them to learn through discovery.

Eating Disorder Vocabulary

  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Binge Eating
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Diabulimia
  • Orthorexia
  • Pica
  • Body Image
  • Self Esteem
  • Coping

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Demonstrate your understanding of eating disorder terminology by creating a visual vocabulary board.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Choose five of the vocabulary words discussed and type them in the title boxes.
  3. Come up with your own definition and type it in the description box.
  4. Illustrate the meaning of the word in the cell using a combination of appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
    • Alternatively, use Photos for Class to show the meaning of the words with the search bar.
  5. Save often!

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Visual Vocabulary Boards


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Visual Vocabulary Assignment
Define, illustrate, and give an example sentence for any five vocabulary words.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Example Sentences
Vocabulary words are used correctly in the example sentences in both meaning and context.
The meaning of the sentences can be understood, but the vocabulary words are used awkwardly or in the wrong context.
The vocabulary words are not used correctly in the example sentences.
The storyboard cells clearly illustrate the meaning of the vocabulary words.
The storyboard cells relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words, but are difficult to understand.
The storyboard cells do not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words.

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