Teaching National Novel Writing Month With Flocabulary

Teaching National Novel Writing Month with Flocabulary

Flocabulary has a natural fondness for organizations with funny names. So when we heard about NaNoWriMo we were intrigued. Turns out, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it's an organization that gets people to write an entire novel in the month of November. In 2015, more than 430,000 participants embarked on a November noveling quest, including children writing novels in their schools with NaNoWrimo's Young Writer's Program!

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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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Mini Lessons for The Last 18 Years in Rap

[jwplayer file=http://flocabulary.s3.amazonaws.com/media-jrev/18-years-in-rap-2014-media.mp4 image=http://flocabulary.s3.amazonaws.com/images-jrev/18-years-in-rap-2014-image.jpg]  Check out the lyrics and more. We're celebrating the Class of 2014 by calling off our usual Week in Rap... and replacing it with the top news stories from the last 18 years! Hey grads: We've got the biggest news from every year of your life. And for those of you who were born a little earlier, let's see how much you remember. Then, follow up the video with our trivia worksheet, or one of these easy-to-use Mini Lessons. They are listed in order of time required, from quickest to most involved. The Last 18 Years in Rap…

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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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