Frayer diagram

Also known as: Frayer model

Frayer diagrams are graphical organisers to help students identify and define unfamiliar concepts and vocabulary. They encompass four sections:

  • essential characteristics
  • non-essential characteristics
  • examples
  • and non-examples.


Frayer diagrams:

  • support educators with introducing new words or concepts in the classroom
  • activate students' prior knowledge of a topic and support them to build connections, as well as their vocabulary
  • offer visual representations which help to support easy retention and recall for students.

Frayer diagram

ICT templates

How to use with ICT

Use the Frayer Model template to support independent work or groups of students in identifying unfamiliar concepts and vocabulary. A shared template can be used to enable students to collaborate on a unit’s vocabulary.

Single computer

Project the template on a screen to use during instruction. Work through examples as a class.

External resources

Find out more resources
Title Link Description
Frayer Model on Frayer Model An explanation of the Frayer model with three examples and a link to a template.
How to use the Frayer Model to enhance student vocabulary? by the Professional Learning Board How to use the Frayer Model to enhance student vocabulary? Understanding the Frayer model and how to use it.


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