Over the past few years I’ve had my students keep a vocabulary journal that spans the entire school year. We add our weekly vocabulary words to it every week. In the past I’ve had students record their vocabulary words, definitions and illustrations in a blank spiral notebook. However, I’ve been doing some research on the benefits of using a “Frayer’s Model” to teach vocabulary. After viewing numerous different samples, I’ve narrowed it down to the four categories I feel are most beneficial to my students. I believe that by using this graphic organizer to teach vocabulary my students will have a deeper understanding of their weekly vocabulary words.
I’ve created this product as a year-long vocabulary journal that correlates with Scott Foresman’s Reading Street 2013 edition. Students can add their weekly vocabulary words to their journals as you go throughout the entire school year. For each vocabulary word the Frayer model includes four sections for students to complete: 1.) definition 2.) picture/model 3.) characteristics & examples 4.) non-examples. Each model has the vocabulary word in the center. Students simply need to fill in the remaining four categories. I’ve also included tabs to separate each unit. You can include these if you wish or leave them out if you don’t feel them necessary.
You may choose to complete these graphic organizers in a whole group setting so you can discuss each word as a class, have students look up each word independently in a dictionary and complete the pages on their own, or have students work with a partner or small group.
To use this product simply print the cover page of your choice and the pages of vocabulary words. Add a piece of cardstock for a back cover. Then you can either staple the pages together or bind them with black spiral rings. You can have your students color the title page if you wish, or print it in color.
I hope you and your students find this vocabulary journal beneficial and engaging!