The Frayer Model
The Frayer Model
The Frayer Model, as developed by Dorothy Frayer, is a type or graphic organizer. In order for students to understand what they read, they must first know the meaning of the vocabulary terms read (Tyson, 2013). The goal of the Frayer Model is to help students understand new words or concepts to help them understand what they read (Frayer Model, n.d.). This is done by collecting the following information about the term/concept on a graphic organizer:
Benefits of this strategy
Frayer Model in use
While introducing a new topic or unit of study in which you want students to understand the vocabulary use the Frayer Model.
1. Divide the class into pairs or small groups.
2. Give each group a large sheet of paper or poster.
3. Assign each group a term or concept to use.
4. Have the groups work on creating a new definition of their own based on their knowledge and the book.
5. Students need to assign characteristics of the event/person/term/idea, having a minimum of 4.
6. Students need to identify 3 examples that exhibit the term and 3 nonexamples.
7. Have students hang the posters around the class and conduct a gallery walk.
8. Have students present and other must take notes on their presentations.
Adaptations
The Frayer Model is great because it can be used in all content areas for many different purposes.
The Frayer Model, as developed by Dorothy Frayer, is a type or graphic organizer. In order for students to understand what they read, they must first know the meaning of the vocabulary terms read (Tyson, 2013). The goal of the Frayer Model is to help students understand new words or concepts to help them understand what they read (Frayer Model, n.d.). This is done by collecting the following information about the term/concept on a graphic organizer:
 Definition of the word (This can be teacher given, or one written by the students
 Characteristics about the concept
 Examples
 Nonexamples
Benefits of this strategy
 Students interpret and apply new information
 Can be used at any age level
 Provides a visual clue for many learners (Monticello Mustangs, 2012)
 The multiple uses helps different types of learners cement the vocabulary into their memory
Frayer Model in use
While introducing a new topic or unit of study in which you want students to understand the vocabulary use the Frayer Model.
1. Divide the class into pairs or small groups.
2. Give each group a large sheet of paper or poster.
3. Assign each group a term or concept to use.
4. Have the groups work on creating a new definition of their own based on their knowledge and the book.
5. Students need to assign characteristics of the event/person/term/idea, having a minimum of 4.
6. Students need to identify 3 examples that exhibit the term and 3 nonexamples.
7. Have students hang the posters around the class and conduct a gallery walk.
8. Have students present and other must take notes on their presentations.
Adaptations
The Frayer Model is great because it can be used in all content areas for many different purposes.
 Vocabulary terms
 Major battles
 World leaders
 Math Proofs
 Scientific concepts
 Writing elements
 Small groups could have discussion that lead to meaningful descriptions of examples

Frayer Model
In this video, the teacher introduces the concept of the Frayer Model to her students and explains how to use it. She gives them a graphic organizer and she sets them up with some early discussion about the Math principles to get her students started in defining, collecting characteristics and examples and nonexamples. As a conclusion, students share their answers with peers to make sure they are all on the right track. 
How to use the Frayer Model
In this video, the instructor clearly states the purpose of the Frayer Model, what it looks like and how it can be used. This would be a great sample video to explain to students what they are going to do when you assign a Frayer Model for vocabulary words. 

References
Frayer Model. (n.d.). Reading Educator. Retrieved July 11, 2014, from http://www.readingeducator.com/strategies/frayer.htm
Monticello Mustangs. (2012, November 29). Flag 2 Video. YouTube. Retrieved July 24, 2014, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wsBq8bKG00
TeachLikeThis. (2014, March 12). How to use the Frayer Model  TeachLikeThis. YouTube. Retrieved July 24, 2014, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdjN09VouaU
Tyson, K. (2013, May 26). No Tears for Tiers: Common Core Tiered Vocabulary Made Simple l Dr. Kimberly's Literacy Blog. Dr Kimberlys Literacy Blog. Retrieved July 13, 2014, from http://www.learningunlimitedllc.com/2013/05/tieredvocabulary/
Frayer Model. (n.d.). Reading Educator. Retrieved July 11, 2014, from http://www.readingeducator.com/strategies/frayer.htm
Monticello Mustangs. (2012, November 29). Flag 2 Video. YouTube. Retrieved July 24, 2014, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wsBq8bKG00
TeachLikeThis. (2014, March 12). How to use the Frayer Model  TeachLikeThis. YouTube. Retrieved July 24, 2014, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdjN09VouaU
Tyson, K. (2013, May 26). No Tears for Tiers: Common Core Tiered Vocabulary Made Simple l Dr. Kimberly's Literacy Blog. Dr Kimberlys Literacy Blog. Retrieved July 13, 2014, from http://www.learningunlimitedllc.com/2013/05/tieredvocabulary/