Vocabulary, Frayer Model, & ISN

I’m a numbers girl. I always have been and always will be.  The only letters I want to see are in equations and the only words I want to see are in word problems.  Even with my love/hate relationship with words, I can’t deny the power words have in my math classroom.

When teaching my content, students have to be able to understand the vocabulary that I’m using to explain the concepts. Even relatively easy concepts can be misunderstood when the vocabulary isn’t mastered.  Even words that are use everyday in math classrooms are misunderstood more than one would think. For example, words like “solve”, “simplify”, or “evaluate” are words that have different meanings, but students think they mean the same thing because those are the words that are constantly used when finding the answer to a problem.

This is where the Frayer Model comes into play. Most teachers have probably heard of it, but this is what it looks like just in case you needed a refresher:

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Of course I had to incorporate the Frayer Model into my ISN! I’ve been getting a lot of my ISN inspiration from Everybody is a Genius and 4mulafun.   I love how Sara calls her vocabulary section “Words Worth Knowing”.   I decided to put this section in my ISN at the start of each new unit or section. Here is what I originally came up with:


It uses small cards of the Frayer Model folded in half. The students can put the words on the outside of the model and use them as flash card type study tool.  Overall, I like this idea. The problem: It’s a lot of cutting and taping. Knowing my students, it would take them forever just to get it done.

I decided to take take a chance at creating a Frayer Model foldable that requires much less cutting and taping. This is what I came up with:
If you notice, that I didn’t include the term on the inside of the foldable like the original template. I felt like I needed a little more space to write/draw whatever is needed.

This has been a learning experience.  I’ve been taping these foldables so far and working great. However, I’m noticing that I need  to make sure that the foldable are completely finished before they are entered into the ISN. When the foldables open up, it could be a little difficult writing on the foldable after it is taped/pasted into the ISN because of how it sometimes lands on the edge of the paper or on the spiral.

I’m still searching for some answers too; like how to make sure the edges of the foldable don’t crease, bend, or get nasty when you close the notebook. Look at this picture:

It’s not really that big of a deal, but I’m a little OCD and don’t want my edges to get messy! 🙂 How do you keep them from getting messed up when you close the interactive student notebook?

Here is one more picture of another page I created recently:


It’s my Student grading sheet. We have a uniform district wide graded policy, that is why you see 50% major and 50% minor grading system. The page is double sided and taped only on one side; which allows it to be flipped open to see the next quarter’s grading.

Only a few more days before I go back to work! Winter break is coming to an end! BOO!!  😉