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. Students can add to it as you go throughout the entire school year. For each vocabulary word the model includes four sections for students to complete: 1.) definition 2.) picture/model 3.) Characteristics/examples 4.) non-examples.
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 title page and as many of the blank vocabulary pages as you need for the school year. 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!