Access Tools to Support Precise Math Language Usage
Graphic Organizer: Students use a tool for support in gathering, organizing, and analyzing new information within a specific format.
Graphic Organizer: Students use a tool for support in gathering, organizing, and analyzing new information within a specific format.

Frayer Model Graphic Organizer

Malissa's students learn academic terms by using the Frayer model. The Frayer model provides students with a reference that includes a mathematical term's definition, example, non-example, and characteristics.  By completing the Frayer model for new math terms, Malissa's students can access a tool to use precise mathematical language.

About This Strategy
prep time:
Short
Grade Level: Seventh grade
Teaching Challenge: Access Tools to Support Precise Math Language Usage
Malissa Thomas-St.Clair
Champion Middle School
Columbus, OH
Strategy Implementation Questions
Questions to think about when implementing the strategy
  • How could the Frayer model be a tool for students to use precise mathematical language?
  • How could you support students who do not utilize the terms from their Frayer models in their speech or writing?
  • How could you support students to access this Frayer model as a tool?
Lesson Notes

For this lesson, give each student the list of terms for the unit.  Each student will create a foldable that uses the Frayer Model of Vocabulary.  The foldable will ask the student for a definition, facts and characteristics, examples, and non-examples.  You may choose to add illustration, symbols, and/or for the student to create an assessment question for each term.  This will build rigor into the lesson.  This lends itself to MP 1, 2, 4, 5 , and 6.  I like to use the Frayer Model template because it gives students an opportunity to go deeper than simply copying a term and its definition. 

Sarah Hagan has a great blog that discusses how she uses foldables and graphic organizers in her Algebra class.  She offers downloadable templates that are useful for interactive notebooks. (http://mathequalslove.blogspot.com/p/foldables-templates-graphic-organizers.html)

You may feel free to use the list of terms provided in this lesson, or create terms of your own that is tailored to your number sense unit. 

You will need a full class period for students to complete the Frayer Model effectively for each term of the unit.  I have my students work in the groups that were identified by the pre-assessment. I do ask that for this lesson the students complete all of the terms from the list.  I have identified 14 terms for this lesson. 

 

About This Strategy
prep time:
Short
Grade Level: Seventh grade
Teaching Challenge: Access Tools to Support Precise Math Language Usage
Malissa Thomas-St.Clair
Champion Middle School
Columbus, OH
Artifacts
Graphic Organizer
Lesson File:Frayer model template.docx
This is the Frayer Model template that students will use for their vocabulary list.
Instructional Resource
Lesson File:Number Sense Terms and Definitions.docx
This handout contains the vocabulary words and their definitions for students to use in their Frayer Models.
Instructional Resource
Lesson File:Number Sense Vocabulary List.docx
These are additional number sense vocabulary words that can be used within the lesson.