Identify Math Language
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: A Vocabulary Tool

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, Ninth grade
Teaching Challenge: Identify Math Language
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. 

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, Ninth grade
Teaching Challenge: Identify Math Language
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.
Teacher Planning 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.
Teacher Planning Resource
Lesson File:Number Sense Vocabulary List.docx
These are additional number sense vocabulary words that can be used within the lesson.