How To Build Students Vocabulary Using The Frayer Model With An OER Database Preset

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Updated on May 29th, 2019.

Chris Kenniburg, developer of the amazing “Fordson” theme for Moodle LMS and perennial candidate for swellest Moodler of the year, shares the Open Educational Resource (OER) from his Dearborn Schools District Moodle site. The “Frayer Model” Database Preset OER will help your students to create vocabulary on the basis of Frayer Model. The database preset shows the innovative use of the database activity in Moodle.

What is the Frayer Model?

The Frayer Model is a strategy which uses graphical organizer for building student vocabulary. This technique requires students to define target vocabulary and apply their knowledge by generating examples and non-examples, giving characteristics, and/or drawing a picture to illustrate the meaning of the word. This information is placed on a chart that is divided into four sections to provide a visual representation for students.

When to use Frayer Model?

Students may use the Frayer Model to

  • develop understanding of key concepts and vocabulary.
  • draw on prior knowledge to make connections among concepts.
  • compare attributes and examples
  • think critically to find relationships between concepts and to develop deeper
  • understanding of word meanings
  • make visual connections and personal associations.
  • review key vocabulary before a test or quiz
  • create a “vocabulary wall” for quick reference of word meanings

What is a Moodle Database Preset?

To avoid the necessity of always having to create a new database from scratch, Moodle’s Database Activity offers a Presets feature.

Untangle Your Data-Based Moodle Activities With Moodle Database Presets

The database preset shared by Kenniburg will create an interactive model within your Moodle. The entries posted by the students are visible to other students also. Through CSS tricks the 4 quadrants will expand when hovered over and will reveal the text that the student types in.


What are the other tricks to let students build their vocabulary in Moodle? Do share your innovative ideas with us in the comments section below.

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