What’s Your Dream Vacation?

Every week, our Week in Rap Shout Out Contest gives students an opportunity to win a shout out for their school in the next Week in Rap. For this week’s contest, we finished off summer vacation by asking: What’s your dream vacation?

Our winner this week is General Ray Davis Middle School in Conyers, GA. Check out a few of the great entries we received from Mrs. Cawley’s students!

  • My dream vacation would not stay in one place. I would travel all over the world! I would go to London, Paris, Venice, all sorts of places. I would probably do all the touristy stuff and go see the Eiffel Tower, and ride the London Eye. I would ride around in the gondolas in Venice, and walk around Amsterdam. I would bring my parents, my brothers, and a few friends. One of my brothers is old enough to go do what he wants to, while I’ll stick with Mom and Dad. I think that it would be a blash! I would get a postcard from everywhere we wnt (I collect postcards). I would try to help people when I could, and it would be really fun. I realize that it probably isn’t going to happen, but sometimes, dreaming is better than the actual thing. — Maria
  • Well Hi! I’m Peyton. My dream vacation is to go to Bora Bora with my friends: Reece, Emily, Laeia, and Lilly, and my school family: Reece, Anslee, Logan, and J.D. Bora Bora, if you didn’t know, is little hosues on stilts in the crystal blue waters. We would have the most fun ever! We would go snorkling and scuba diving and can’t forget the new yummy food to try! We would go shopping and get lots of clothes and souveniers. I would love to go to Bora Bora! And I hope one day my friends and I will get to go there! — Peyton
  • Just picture taking a picture with Ariel or riding Space Mountain! My dream vacation is to go to Walt Disney World (again). People ahve this stereotype that teenagers don’t like kid stuff, but trust me, this teenager does! I haven’t been to Disney World in a few years, and they have added so much. They made Belle a castle (my favorite princess). I would love to meet them. So, basically, if I win the lottery and you need me, you can come find me swimming with Ariel and my friends (Maddie, Emily, and Peyton). Or I will be taking pictures with beautiful little girls because I’m the new princess named Mackenzie! — Reece

Congratulations to Mrs. Cawley’s class and everyone at General Ray Davis Middle School!

We also loved this entry from Kadie at Mauldin Middle School in Simpsonville, SC.

  • My dream vacation is to go back where I was born in the Cayman Islands. I don’t remember because I was 2 years old when I left. It would be lovely and I see myself sitting on hot sand drinking out of a tropical coconut. In my head I would imagine perfection – nothing that would put this cavagtion down and it was even better just listening to the soothing sound of the palm trees swaying back and forth.

Finally, here’s Rachel’s entry from Chatham Charter School, NC.

  • If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to Hawaii. I would do lots of fun and awesome things. The people that would go with me are my family(mom, dad, sister), and two of my friends.
        When I go to Hawaii I would take a cruise to get there and a cruise on the way back. I would spend two weeks in Hawaii. On the cruise there would be a water slide that goes over the ocean, a pool, a gym, and five restaurants that are cheap and have a variety of foods. It would take a month to get to Hawaii and a month to get back.
        When we get to Hawaii we would check in to our hotel room and then we would unpack. After we unpack we would spend the rest of the day relaxing at the pools. The next day we would go wind surfing and parasailing. For the rest of the two weeks we would go swimming with dolphins, island fire shows, and relax by the pool. We would also go look at volcanos and do an island tour from a helicopter.
        That is my realistic short story of what I would do in Hawaii if I were to ever go.

Thank you to everyone who shared their amazing vacation ideas with us this week! Don’t forget to enter this Friday’s Week In Rap Shout-Out Contest for a chance to win a shout out next Friday.

Kindergarten Worksheets and First Grade Worksheets

Flocab just released a plethora of vocabulary videos for kindergarten and first grade. But it’s not just the songs and animations that are new; the accompanying exercises have entirely new formats! Here’s what to expect in these printable worksheet packets:

Word MatchVocabulary Reinforcement

Students get the opportunity to step inside the story with narrative-based activities that reinforce terms from the story.

Opportunities for Creativity & ExpressionK1-draw

These packets are chock-full of images waited to be colored in! Activities ask students to incorporate and identify words within drawings, circle pictures that illustrate given words, create their own original artwork and more.

K1-traceGrade Differentiation

We know that kindergarten and first-grade learners have different needs. That’s why the K-1 packets are differentiated based on grade level. For example, kindergarten packets offer opportunities to trace words, while first grade activities ask students to put a story’s events in chronological order.

 

 

 

Get Started

You can find these packets on the right-hand menu of any unit page by clicking the link “Exercises.” So what are you waiting for? Head over to our kindergarten and first grade vocabulary videos and dive in!

Writing Prompts

Teachers, you know your students best. That’s why we created these rich and flexible lesson ideas that can be adapted for different ages and abilities.

Tackle Vocabulary and Writing at the Same Time

Each of our Word Up songs tells a story. Why not combine a Word Up story with one of our reading and writing units? Have students examine a Word Up story from different angles, such as:

Here are some pairings we suggest, but we encourage you to adapt these ideas for your students’ needs! Let us know how you combined units in the comments section below.

Grade Vocab Song Activity Suggestion ELA Skill
2nd “Stranded!” Tell the story from Leila’s point of view Point of View
Map or outline the story’s plot elements Plot Elements
Identify the story’s main idea Main Idea
5th “Water Balloon Fight” Tell the story from D’s point of view Point of View
Rewrite the story using at least 8 transition words Transition Words
Identify uses of metaphor in the song lyrics Figurative Language
8th “It’s Alright” Create an outline for a speech for the congresswoman POWER to Write
Use persuasive language in writing the speech Persuasive Language
Present the speech to the class Public Speaking
12th (SAT) “Friends” Tell the story from Brandon or the girlfriend’s point of view Point of View
Incorporate descriptive language for all five senses Descriptive Language

Identify uses of consonance and assonance in the song lyrics

Figurative Language

Wisconsin Media Lab Selects Flocabulary’s The Week in Rap as New Resource for Wisconsin Educators and Students

Brooklyn, N.Y., August 4, 2014 – Flocabulary, an online library of educational hip-hop songs and videos, announces that its The Week in Rap series has been selected by Wisconsin Media Lab as a new resource to be made available for all educators and students in the state. Starting August 1, Flocabulary’s original weekly current events series for kids is available to Wisconsin residents at WIMediaLab.org, as a result of a unique licensing partnership.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Wisconsin Media Lab, an organization that shares our commitment to providing students and teachers with access to high-quality educational resources,” said Alex Rappaport, CEO and Co-Founder of Flocabulary.

Wisconsin Media Lab collaborates with educators throughout the state to curate cost-free classroom content designed to meet the unique needs of educators and students. The Week in Rap was selected by Wisconsin Media Lab after a student recommended the series during a call for suggestions to the organization’s community. After an evaluation period by the Wisconsin Media Lab’s community of users, The Week in Rap was chosen for the organization’s collection of educational programs.

“Wisconsin educators have been asking for a current events program. The Week in Rap is spot-on,” said Kristin Leglar, Content and Outreach Manager at Wisconsin Media Lab. “The Week in Rap is engaging, will appeal to many students and ultimately increase student achievement. Wisconsin Media Lab is ecstatic about our partnership with Flocabulary.”

The Week in Rap is a hip-hop music video series highlighting top domestic, international and pop-culture news each week. Schools and educators across the country implement the series with their students to generate classroom discussion and written reflection on important news stories. Each video in The Week in Rap comes with interactive lyrics, allowing students to access more information and additional coverage of the news items featured. Fill-in-the-blanks and activities, such as crossword puzzles or trivia quizzes, also accompany the videos. Flocabulary produces content for all K-12 grade levels spanning the core academic subjects, including math, science, social studies, ELA and vocabulary, in addition to The Week in Rap. Flocabulary’s math and ELA resources are aligned to the Common Core, and its vocabulary program has demonstrated effectiveness in improving student achievement on state reading tests.

About Flocabulary
Flocabulary is a Brooklyn, NY-based online library of educational hip-hop songs and videos for grades K-12. Over 20,000 schools use Flocabulary to engage and inspire students. The company’s team of artists and educators is not only committed to raising test scores, but also to fostering a love of learning in every child. For more on Flocabulary, visit www.flocabulary.com or connect with us on Twitter or Facebook.

About Wisconsin Media Lab
Wisconsin Media Lab is a division of the Educational Communications Board. The multimedia content available at WIMediaLab.org connects to Wisconsin’s academic standards and is vetted by practicing educators. Wisconsin Media Lab’s goal is to provide Wisconsin educators with high-quality multimedia resources that engage students, inspire creativity, cultivate critical thinking, explain difficult content and improve student achievement. Discover hundreds of classroom resources at WIMediaLab.org, then find lesson ideas and giveaways at Wisconsin Media Lab’s Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Big Idea Week

Big Idea Week

Here at Flocabulary, we believe it’s important for students to experience real-world applications of the subjects they study in school. We also know how important it was for us to have role models—people who inspired us to dream, create and learn. That’s why our co-founder and CEO, Alex Rappaport, partnered with an organization in our Brooklyn neighborhood, the DUMBO Improvement District, to create Big Idea Week.

Photo by Tory Williams

Photo by Tory Williams

Big Idea Week, which took place May 19-23 this year, is a project-based STEM curriculum designed to immerse students in the entrepreneurial mindset, allowing them to explore problem-solving and teamwork through innovation. This year, our fourth-grade friends at P.S. 307, a neighborhood school, started the week with a workshop led by Brooklyn-based entrepreneurs (from companies like Tattly, Pensa, BioLite and JRSportBrief), who shared their stories about the entrepreneurial process—from problem, to idea, to product. Since each company represented a tech-centric design, engineering or content-creating business, these founders served as real-life STEM role models for the students.

Thanks to our partners at Maker’s Row, another DUMBO company, we also unveiled a prototype of the PillowKet, a design from fifth grade students Jaylin Francois, Angelina DiLone and Hannah Hamilton, who participated last year’s Big Idea Week.

Throughout the week, students talked about identifying problems and brainstorming solutions in their classrooms, and split into groups to develop their own creative product ideas. To wrap up the week, students presented their ideas to us (along with other guests and business leaders, including Brian Lemond from Brooklyn United), showing off their fantastic drawings and allowing us to ask lots of questions. Some of the ideas we heard included: a combined rollerblade and ice skate, the “Double Skater”; a serpent-shaped vacuum, the “Snake Cleaning Slither Machine”; a combined car seat/walker/high chair for babies, the “Mood & Motion 3-in-1 Convertible Chair”; and many others.

This week, students are going on a field trip to visit the folks they met from BioLite and Pensa to check out their labs, and see where they develop all of their cool inventions. The students will also get a tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park, a park that sits on the edge of the East River, itself a “big idea” since it provides a new place for New Yorkers to enjoy nature in a space that was once vacant.

Visit the website to learn more about Big Idea Week.