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Frayer Models

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings vocabulary to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings vocabulary to life with comics and storyboards.
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Teacher Guide

Frayer Models

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

The Frayer Model is a graphic organizer to help students remember the meaning of a new word or concept. They Frayer Model can be used for any new term that is an important concept to a unit or lesson, that is connected to other important terms, and that has examples and non-examples.

Opening Discussion

Have students copy the following information in their notebooks:

  • Frayer Model: A graphic organizer that includes the definition, characteristics, examples and non-examples of a new vocabulary word.
  • Definition: Description of the dictionary meaning of the term, written in your own words (that you can easily understand).
  • Characteristics: Features that help you identify, recognize and distinguish the term from similar terms.
  • Examples: Synonyms, concrete applications, or relevant illustrations of the characteristics.
  • Non-examples: Antonyms, inappropriate applications, common misunderstanding or misidentifications, or relevant illustrations that do not fit the characteristics.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Introduce the Frayer Model

    Complete after opening discussion.

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  • Make a Mind Map
    Frayer Model for Vocabulary

    Complete during or after reading.

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  • Make a Mind Map
    Frayer Model for New Concepts

    Complete at the beginning of a new unit or lesson to introduce an important concept.

    View Activity
  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Frayer Model Poster for every new and important vocabulary word, to include on a classroom word wall.

  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Mind Map to illustrate how to use context clues to find the definition of an unknown word.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • How do the four parts of the Frayer Model help you understand and remember the meaning of the new word?
  • How can you use elements of the Frayer Model as part of your thinking process as you read and encounter new words?
  • How can you use elements of the Frayer model for concepts other than just vocabulary words?
  • How can you use the Frayer Model in other subject areas and lessons?
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Pixton Activity: Frayer Models 1 Introduce the Frayer Model

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the following information:

  • Frayer Model: A graphic organizer that includes the definition, characteristics, examples and non-examples of a new vocabulary word.
  • Definition: Description of the dictionary meaning of the term, written in your own words (that you can easily understand).
  • Characteristics: Features that help you identify, recognize and distinguish the term from similar terms.
  • Examples: Synonyms, concrete applications, or relevant illustrations of the characteristics.
  • Non-examples: Antonyms, inappropriate applications, common misunderstanding or misidentifications, or relevant illustrations that do not fit the characteristics.

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate the four components of the Frayer Model:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Frayer Models 2 Frayer Model for Vocabulary

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the following information:

  • Frayer Model: A graphic organizer that includes the definition, characteristics, examples and non-examples of a new vocabulary word.
  • Definition: Description of the dictionary meaning of the term, written in your own words (that you can easily understand).
  • Characteristics: Features that help you identify, recognize and distinguish the term from similar terms.
  • Examples: Synonyms, concrete applications, or relevant illustrations of the characteristics.
  • Non-examples: Antonyms, inappropriate applications, common misunderstanding or misidentifications, or relevant illustrations that do not fit the characteristics.

Instructions

As you read the text, create a Mind Map Frayer Model to illustrate the meaning of one or more unknown vocabulary words:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Frayer Models 3 Frayer Model for New Concepts

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the following information:

  • Frayer Model: A graphic organizer that includes the definition, characteristics, examples and non-examples of a new vocabulary word.
  • Definition: Description of the dictionary meaning of the term, written in your own words (that you can easily understand).
  • Characteristics: Features that help you identify, recognize and distinguish the term from similar terms.
  • Examples: Synonyms, concrete applications, or relevant illustrations of the characteristics.
  • Non-examples: Antonyms, inappropriate applications, common misunderstanding or misidentifications, or relevant illustrations that do not fit the characteristics.

Instructions

To understand this unit/lesson, create a Mind Map to illustrate the meaning of the new concept:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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