Celebrate Black History Month With Flocabulary

Celebrate Black History Month with Flocabulary

Each February, we observe Black History Month to remember important people and events in black history. To help you teach students about these influential moments and figures, we’ve compiled relevant Flocabulary units and lesson plans in one place—including our elementary lesson plans on Ruby Bridges and Martin Luther King Jr. And to ensure these stories are widely available, our units on famous people and events in black history are free through the end of February. Explore them now. Black history is American history, and it doesn’t need to be limited to just one month. Use these Flocabulary resources to teach black…

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Flocabulary Partners with Atlanta Public Schools to Champion Student Voice

Earlier this fall, we partnered with Atlanta Public Schools on a writing contest called Hip Hop History. The challenge posed to students was simple: Write a rap song about a historical figure who inspires you. The results were remarkable. In the video below, see how students found their voices — and new levels of engagement — through writing academic rhymes.

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Flocabulary At FETC 2017

Flocabulary at FETC 2017

This time next week, members of the Flocabulary team will be gearing up for what will surely be an awesome FETC 2017. Are you heading to Orlando, too? Read on to find out what's on tap at Booth 2317—our home base for FETC.

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Boosting Vocabulary Acquisition With Flocabulary: A Teacher’s Success Story

Boosting Vocabulary Acquisition with Flocabulary: A Teacher’s Success Story

Two years ago, Polly Westfall, an educator in North Carolina, was accepted in the North Carolina's Governor's Teacher Network. As part of this initiative, Polly was charged with completing action research in her classroom. The topic she chose? Vocabulary acquisition for children of poverty. At the time, Polly had recently relocated to a new school district, and was moved by the ways that poverty impacted her students. With a background as a writing coach, she wanted to find ways to motivate her students and boost their vocabulary, knowing that it would improve their writing. She decided to try out Flocabulary…

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Writing Rhymes To Transform Student Engagement In The Middle School Classroom

Writing Rhymes to Transform Student Engagement in the Middle School Classroom

For a teacher, sometimes educating students is a process of letting go. As educators, we spend so much time keeping a firm grip on a student’s path to learning. Working for the past few years with a student base that is 99.6% “economically disadvantaged” and difficult to captivate can, and often does, leave me exhausted at the end of each day. A rigid structure in the classroom worked for me for a time; on paper, my students improved. Test scores were up and I was confident that this made me a successful teacher. But I had lost something important with…

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