Behind the Scenes: Making New Rap Music on a News Deadline

Flocab rapper Dillon V was up late waiting anxiously to see who won the World Series. His home team—the Atlanta Braves—had been out of contention for quite awhile. So why did he care? He needed to wait until the game ended to record the Week in Rap. Otherwise we couldn't include the winner! (Missed the game? You can find out who won in this Week in Rap.) We typically record the Week in Rap on Wednesday evening. That way, we have time to make the video all day Thursday, and get it to you by Thursday night! But that means…

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Math Literacy, Common Core & Flocabulary

[jwplayer file=http://flocabulary.s3.amazonaws.com/media/pemdas-media.mp4 image=http://flocabulary.s3.amazonaws.com/images/pemdas-image.jpg] Flocabulary's Order of Operations song is one way to teach math literacy. When students sit down for their high-stakes math test and open up their standardized testing packet, they won't be staring at a list of numbers that they need to robotically compute. They be seeing 100 multiplication problems to rattle off answers for. To succeed on math tests, they need to read. Students need math literacy. Math literacy traditionally refers to the ability to apply math skills to real-world situations: paying a tip, paying taxes, trying to pay as little as possible for a phone plan.…

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New Flocab Feature: Printable Lyrics!

You've asked for it, so we've delivered. It is now easy to print the lyrics for every single Flocabulary song and video. Now students can more easily read along with lyrics for enhanced literacy instruction, or review lyrics after class to study. Here's how it works: Click on your favorite Flocabulary song or video. Then look on the side bar on the right. You'll see "Printable Lyrics" there. When you click there, you'll see a nicely-printable PDF of the lyrics. And then if you scroll down, you'll see printable missing lyrics too! Students could fill in the words while they watch…

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Best Haiku of 2012

Our latest challenge for the Week in Rap Shout-Out Contest was to write about a haiku about a news story from 2012. We received a whole lot of amazing poems, but only one school could win the shout-out. See the video here. And the winner is... Ms. Harris' class at Riley Upper Elementary, Livonia, Michigan: Crazy man killed kids And adults with no purpose Death, sad Christmases -Lilia Melting speedily Watching as I disappear Into the ocean -Alexa He took a blind leap Flying solo in the sky Plummeting to Earth -Thomas The students at Riley Upper Elementary submitted lots of strong poems,…

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Our Next Week in Rap Shout-Out Contest Winner Is…

Our latest challenge for the Week in Rap Shout-Out Contest was to write about a news story we didn't cover, in a style similar to our infoboxes, and include your source. We received some interesting and thought-provoking stories, but only one could win the shout-out. Watch the video here. And the winner is... Bannockburn School, Illinois: Scientists say that the Grand Canyon is 6 million years old. Rebecca Flowers, a geologist at the University of Colorado, says something different. She says that it is over 70 million years old. Her research, which reconstructs the ancient landscape using a technique called…

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