Fringe Vocabulary

This concrete vocabulary strategy will appeal to your students at all levels from gifted range to students with learning disabilities, attention deficit and kids falling between the cracks.

Fold a sheet of paper vertically. As you can see from the photo, cut a horizontal fringe from the outside to the fold. The number of cuts is determined by number of vocabulary words and the grade level of your students. I like to give students 4-5 vocabulary words but then ask them to add to their “personal list” from the content. Young children will need wider and fewer  flaps than older students.

How to use it:

There are four steps. List one word per fringe on the outside.  Open each fringe and ask students to draw a visual cue that helps them recall the meaning. Directly across from the visual, students will write the meaning. Turn the fringe book over and ask students to write a short sentence using the word on the back.

Use blank paper or fold a page of lined paper in their spiral vocabulary notebook . You may decide to make a template with words provided and lines indicating where to cut.  See what would work best in your classroom. Your hands-on kinesthetic learners will love this strategy! Providing a list of words for everyone to learn but then encouraging students to add their own vocabulary is a simple way to differentiate instruction.

You’ll find 12-15 more vocabulary strategies in The Teacher’s Toolbox for Differentiating Instruction – 700 Strategies, Tips, Tools and Techniques.

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