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Frayer Model

This graphic organizer was designed by Dorothy Frayer and her colleagues at the University of Wisconsin to provide for a thorough understanding of new words.  Students are asked to provide a Definition of the word, Facts or Characteristics of the word, Examples, and Nonexamples. This graphic organizer will lead students to a deeper understanding of a word and its relationship to their own lives.

Blank Frayer Model

Frayer Model Math Example

Directions for Folded Frayer Model


Websites on Frayer Model:

Frayer Model Map - PDF

Frayer Model Process

Frayer Models in Math - PDF

Frayer Model with Content Area Examples

Activating Prior Knowledge
Vocabulary Development
Comprehension Strategies
Summarization Techniques
Writing Across the Curriculum
Getting to Know Students
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