It's no secret that I like to incorporate music into my instruction.
I've even been known to rap with my students...
Best. Teacher. Eva!
Naturally, when Flocabulary contacted me about their website that is CHALK FULL of Hip Hop Songs on everything from Fractions, to Complex Sentences, I was all in!
I'll be honest, I was hesitant about my students actually liking these. Would they think they're cheesy? would they make a difference? Yes. Yes.
I was really struggling to teach complex sentences with my students, and I noticed Flocabulary had a song for it! I previewed it and giggled to myself. I thought, what do I have to lose? I explained to my students that I was going to play them a song about Complex Sentences and they may think it is a little cheesy and dumb, but to just listen to the words.
By the time the chorus came around, they were singing along! And you know what, they aced their quiz about complex sentences.
So later that day, we had a few minutes to fill, and I decided to go to the Math section and do the "Cooking with our 3s" video. Oh my gosh! These kids were groovin' in their seats, singing along....then they BEGGED me to play more of them.
OH YEAH, WE'RE COOKING NOW...STIR IT UP!
Flocabulary has videos for K-12. One of my favorites? Week in Rap! A 4 minute video about current events each week! One for K-5 and one 5-12. They're always adding more videos!
All the Deets
- Flocabulary is a web-based learning program for all grades and subjects that uses educational hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement.
- Teachers in more than 50,000 schools have used Flocabulary’s standards-based videos, instructional activities and formative assessments to develop core literacy skills and supplement instruction across the curriculum.
- With new and expanding resources for writing and project-based learning, Flocabulary is a springboard into student-centered instruction. Check out our Writing Academic Rhymes resources to lead students in their own educational rap-writing! https://www.flocabulary.com/warp/intro/
- Flocabulary offers more than 700 videos with accompanying classroom resources and formative assessments to support instruction in math, science, social studies, ELA, vocabulary, current events and life skills, with new content every week.
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They're offering thgeir extended winter trial for a limited time - Jan. 26 (That's today!!)- Feb 29th! These trials are schoolwide, providing access for all teachers and staff. Once you register, you'll be prompted to share the trial with your colleagues. For most folks, the extended trial duration is 60 days - but Flocabulary has given you all 75 days of free Flocabulary! What what!?!
Go to https://www.flocabulary.com/WTB2016/ to sign up for your free 75 day free trial!
I obviously already showed my colleagues and they're like "Oh my gosh, I love it. We're buying it next year...my kids love it!!"
Teacher Tested...Kid Approved! :)