The Illustrated Dictionary Project

The purpose of the Illustrated Dictionary Project is to provide each 2nd and/or 3rd grade student with their own copy of a special dictionary called The Illustrated Dictionary of Everyday Things. This dictionary will give students a STOREHOUSE of “everyday” words to draw from when reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  This can be a useful addition to your literacy center, bell work, teacher read aloud, or to be taken home for the students’ at-home library.  If you want to have your students use it at school, there are supplementary materials (see below).  Then at the end of the year, they  can take it home. The Book of Knowledge Learning Log and Activity Book can also be used with the dictionary at school or  home to activate and revisit new vocabulary. This could also become a parent-involvement project.

Click on the books below for a peek inside

The Anchor Piece    

Supplementary Pieces Available

The Illustrated Dictionary

of Everyday Things

To use in class then take home to share with family and become part of their home libraries. Grades 2 - 5 

The Illustrated Dictionary

Teacher Guide

Download Available

 Book of Knowledge

Learning Log

Grades 2 - 5

 Illustrated Dictionary

Activity Book

Grades 2 and 3

Download Available

Creator of The Illustrated Dictionary Project

Janet C. Caruthers, M. S., Ed. S.


Hillsborough County, Florida

Academic Intervention Specialist – Wimauma Elementary

Teacher – 2nd, 3rd &4th grade – Wimauma Elementary

Reading/Writing Specialist - Palm River Elementary

Teacher - 2nd grade - Gibsonton Elementary 

Writing specialist - Palm River Elementary

Teacher - Kindergarten, 3rd, 4th - Gibsonton Elementary

Teacher - Kindergarten - Mango Elementary

Other Counties and States

Teacher -1st grade - Virginia Beach, Va.

Teacher - Middle School English, Naples Christian Academy 

Teacher - Grade 4 - Northshore Elementary - Duval County, FL 

Teacher - Grades 7 & 8 - Tipton Academy - Tipton, Tenn

Educational Presenter

Presenter: Florida Council on Elementary Education

Presenter: Florida Literacy Coalition Conference

Presenter: Reading Matters in Polk County Reading Conference Presenter: DRA and Beyond - Manatee Reading Conference Presenter: Florida Council on Elementary Education 

Presenter: Early Childhood Association of Florida 

Presenter: Golden Gate Elem., Avalon Elem., Calusa Park Elem. Presenter: Reading Matters in Polk County Reading Conference Presenter: Collier County Summer Reading Institute 

Presenter: Florida Reading Association Conference 

This page last updated 05/19/2020