The Frayer Model is an evidence-based organizer used for helping students delve deeper into understanding a concept. Here, it is modified slightly to use for introducing new vocabulary. On my Frayer model, the student writes the vocabulary word in the middle and surrounds the word with its definition, synonyms, antonyms, and a related picture. An additional box on the bottom of the organizer allows the student space to write a sentence including the word.
I have used this organizer in my middle school language arts classroom, but it is also appropriate for younger (and potentially older) students.
This FREE digital download includes a 2-page PDF. The first page has one Frayer model with a cut-out line. This page is intended for use with an interactive notebook (glue the organizer into a composition notebook). The second page includes two Frayer models on one page and could be used for handouts.
Creator's Note: I work with students with learning disabilities who have difficulty understanding standard dictionary definitions, which can be confusing and wordy. The Frayer models have really helped them understand words on a deeper level! I prefer to look up definitions on Merriam-Webster.com, which includes a simple definition of each word in addition to the standard dictionary definition.
Note: The kids in the cover photo were created by Freepik.com.