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Every week, we ask The Week in Rap Junior fans a question through our Shout-Out Contest, and recognize the school that responds with creativity, imagination, and educational relevance, too. Students in Kristen Strother’s class at North Lewis Elementary School in New Iberia, LA did some delightful storytelling about their very own circus to win the latest Shout-Out. Delve in to discover their masterful use of descriptive language.
Each Friday, we shout-out a school based on stellar work that students submit for The Week in Rap Shout-Out Contest. For last week’s Shout-Out fame, we asked students to create some drama, and students in Mr. Carter’s 5th grade class at Roslyn Road School in Barrington, IL brought it! After covering the 14-inning Mets-Royals World Series game, we asked students to use their creative writing skills to compose a script as a sports announcer, heightening some of the edge-of-your-seat events of the game. Here’s how these winners mixed sports with storytelling…
Did you know that we have a Shout-Out Contest especially for our loyal Week in Rap Junior viewers? This week, students in Mr. Penny’s 4th grade class at Washington Elementary School in Union, NJ had their chance to shine after sharing their altruistic aspirations for original volunteer projects. Find out what they came up with!
Every week, we challenge students to think, write and create for a chance to get their school in the spotlight with The Week in Rap Shout-Out Contest. Last week’s prompt: Create a PSA. With the recent coverage of El Niño’s effects around the world, students in Ray Hanks’ 6th grade social studies class at Joseph P. Liberati Intermediate School won our Shout-Out by researching the complex weather pattern and creating a top-notch video to inform and prepare the public. Read on to learn about their PSA-crafting skills…
Fall – it’s a great season for feasts, foliage…and new Flocab features. We’re always looking to improve so Flocabulary works the best it can for teachers and students, and recently, that meant addressing an issue we’ve heard from a number of educators out there: buffering. With our latest feature, you have the option of adjusting the playback quality for every Flocabulary video, from high definition (HD) to 240p, the lowest quality option. Adjusting your playback quality offers a quick fix for when internet issues arise.
The Week in Rap Shout-Out Contest challenges students to think, write and create to win a shout-out for their school each week. Students in Ms. Loewen’s 6th grade class at Durham Intermediate School in Southlake, TX took things a step further, acting as designers and advocates to win Friday’s shout-out. Read on to learn about their ideas to bring awareness to their favorite environmental and wildlife causes with some creative fashion crazes.
The Week in Rap Junior is new for Flocab – and keeping pace with the program’s big bro, The Week in Rap, we kicked off a shout-out contest just for our Junior viewers! In a recent edition of the series, we introduced the technology of 3D printing and asked students: if you could print a 3D object, what would it be and why? This question “hijacked the entire learning day” (luckily, in a good way) in Mrs. Halliday’s 2nd grade class at Milton Hershey School, winners of the shout-out. Read on to learn how these students used the challenge as a chance to do some good for the world.
Mrs. Halliday’s class watches The Week in Rap Junior every Friday. After watching the video, they use our interactive lyrics and do a close read of an article that sparked the students’ interest. Sometimes they’ll use their personal whiteboards to write about the cause and effect of a story, or write two facts and an opinion – they even pull out their class microphone from time to time to share their opinions loud and proud.
Mrs. Halliday wasn’t sure what students would think about 3D printing, but because their school recently added a STEAM lab with a 3D printer, she was ready to give the contest a shot. It turned out the class was enthralled! Students’ curiosity fueled a day of 3D printing conversation, research and innovation. Students wanted to know what was already being 3D printed, leading the class to use research skills to find relevant news. In their search, they learned about a baby who was given a breathing apparatus made from a 3D printer, and students were hooked.
Mrs. Halliday’s classroom has an initiative they call #kindnessmatters – as part of building their classroom community, it’s a theme they use to discuss how even small acts can make a difference. They used their #kindnessmatters theme as a lens to explore 3D printing as well.
Later in the day, students met up with their STEAM coordinator, Mr. Crowley, who told them that 3D printers can even create prosthetic limbs. He shared Enabling the Future with students – a network of volunteers who use their 3D printers to create free prosthetic hands for underserved populations around the world. The students were so excited about the prospect of giving back that at the time of publishing this post, they are still working with Mr. Crowley on printing a prosthetic hand for someone in need.
See Mrs. Halliday and her students as they discuss their ideas for ojects they would print in 3D, including their project for Enabling the Future!
When we spoke with Mrs. Halliday about this project, she noted how design thinking is such a big theme in education right now, and how creating links to the real world is so important. She also shared her thoughts on the process of presenting students with a problem and empowering them to come up with a solution. “I think there’s so much power in letting kids know that they can be problem solvers and that most problems are surmountable, if you’re willing to use your resources and time. This project was a really clear example of that.”
A big shout-out to Mrs. Halliday and her students for inspiring us to think about using technology to change the world!
Do your Week in Rap Junior fans want a shout-out? Click here to find out about the next Week in Rap Junior Shout-Out Contest Challenge.