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Implementation Ideas: Engage Every Student Front-of-Classroom

It’s no secret that Flocabulary works well as a front-of-classroom tool. Our lessons engage students and bring classrooms together. And while our assignable tools are helpful, they are not the end-all-be-all for effective implementation!

There are many ways to interact with Flocab lessons in a front-of-class format outside of showing the video lessons—whether that’s through Discuss Mode, Read & Respond or other activities! When teachers explore and utilize Flocab’s resources, it makes lesson plan creation easier and helps increase students’ chances of grasping and learning content. We spoke to Flocabulary educators about their favorite elements that they use in addition to video lessons to keep their students engaged and get the most out of the tool.

Why do you believe Flocabulary is an effective front-of-classroom tool?

Wade Whitehead

5th Grade Teacher, Virginia

My ‘required’ curriculum may be our WHAT, but Flocabulary helps build a relevant, exciting and fully differentiated WHY.

I love using Flocabulary front-of-room to introduce, to review, and to remind. It’s a terrific center for whole-class discussion and provides a great resource when misconceptions or unexplored questions arise. My students and I often use printed lyrics as a discussion tool. They also allow many students to connect to printed poetic word, which opens the gate to poetry and other written genres.

Allison Schalk

Digital Learning Coach, Indiana

Our teachers love the Read & Respond activity. Not only do the passages explain more content, but they also help reinforce those reading comprehension and inferencing questions our kiddos are seeing on standardized tests.

And students remember the videos. Simple as that. I still remember teaching “Transformation” from the SAT Vocab 10 years ago. I can still walk up to students 5 years later and say “it’s seminal” and they can tell me back “and original.” That’s the power of music.

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Joquetta Johnson

Library Media Specialist,
Maryland

As a front-of-classroom tool, don’t think of it as just this hook. It’s so much bigger than that. This is a method to be able to teach content. This is a best practice for instructional practices.

Utilizing Teacher Resources

Any teacher with a Flocab subscriptions has access to the Teacher Resources, which can be found on every lesson. Teacher Resources can be a huge benefit because they include printable handouts and activities to accompany the video lesson. From quick skill review worksheets, to more interactive and creative activities, they are great to incorporate into any unit. Using handouts in conjunction with the lesson builds upon the content that students are learning, and gives your Reading/Writing learners a chance to interact with the subject on paper.

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Cheryl Van Laeken

5th Grade Teacher, Indiana

I use the printable activities as a way to assess whether or not my students are understanding the topic I am teaching. I use the lessons to introduce a new concept to my students and make my lessons more engaging. It is such a fun way to get kids interested in different topics, and my kids love them.

Reagan Habermacher

5th Grade Teacher, Texas

I use the printed materials as practice for kiddos that are struggling. Flocabulary is a great way to improve vocabulary skills, context clues skills, and better word choices in student writing. When starting to use Flocab as a front-of-classroom tool, get with other teachers and talk about different ways it can be used!

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Joquetta Johnson

Library Media Specialist, Maryland

I use the teacher handouts and the resources, sometimes I use the handouts as a stand-alone to support something else that I’m doing. When we studied Women’s History Month, there was a wonderful handout on data about women in the workforce. I used that as the starter to my discussion. It was already put together for me in a handout. It was amazing. It’s a great way to work smarter, not harder. Everything is there in a package for you, which I love. At the same time, if I don’t need the whole package, I can just pull out the pieces I need to support what I’m doing.

Reinforcing Concepts with Games and Activities

All of our activities are available through a Lite subscription. This includes Vocab Cards, the new Vocab Game, Read & Respond, Quiz and Lyric Lab.

Implementation Ideas for Every Subject

Lesson plans complement and enhance your instruction, no matter what you're covering!

All our lesson plans supplement the lessons, and provide a list of covered standards. We are also constantly working on new lesson plans to help teachers cover topics in different ways! Lesson plans offer objectives, sequence and a wrap up/extension for a complete treatment of the subject. You can find all our lesson plans here and on Pinterest!

Want lesson plan inspiration? Our recent blog, Back-to-School with Flocabulary: Tips & Ideas for Your First Weekincludes favorites and suggestions from Flocab teachers and MCEducators!

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