Students Recruit Astronauts and Found New Holidays for Shout-Outs!

Each week, we task students with thinking outside the box for the chance at Flocabulary fame through The Week in Rap and The Week in Rap Junior Shout-Out Contests! Ms. Megan Shipley’s 7th Grade Social Studies students at Margaret Mead Junior High School in Elk Grove Village, IL stole the show by creating materials to recruit new astronauts. Meanwhile, Ms. Laura Maier’s 5th graders at The Valley School in Seattle, WA stood out by creating new national holidays. Read on to learn about their outstanding entries!

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How Writing for a Global Audience Transformed My Students Into Passionate Writers

At Flocabulary, fostering a love of learning in every student is one of our biggest goals. We believe that motivated students are successful students. Our Student Engagement Series features stories from real Flocab-using educators on their practices, lessons, and ideas to get students excited about creating, writing, learning and dreaming.

“When children create for the world, they make it good. When children only create for their teachers, they make it good enough.” -Rushton Hurley

“My precious. My precious.” Many of you may recognize the phrase from The Lord Of The Rings. It’s a phrase spoken by Gollum, the crazy creature who hides deep in the caves. He craves the ring. He wants the ring. It’s all he can think of. What if I were to tell you that this creature exists in every school in the country? What if I were to tell you that this creature is you?

I am Typing by Adikos, available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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Making Hip-Hop Music Videos to Bring History to Life in the Library: A Spotlight on Mt. Bethel Elementary

Last school year, Teacher-Librarian Heather Kindschy at Mt. Bethel Elementary in Marietta, GA wanted to expand on a songwriting history research project she’d led with students in the past. With a focus on project-based learning, the assignment would challenge students to work in groups to explore the stories of important historical figures from Reconstruction through the Great Depression using the Big6 Research Model. Students would then create their own music videos about these characters from history. And the project needed to be something students would get excited about. So using Flocabulary as inspiration, Heather created a hip-hop music video challenge, a project that had students eager to get to work – even during indoor recess and time before school! Here’s how she did it.  

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North Lewis Elementary School Students Host a Circus for a Week in Rap Junior Shout-Out!

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.

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Students at W.P. McLean School Design a Better Test for a Week in Rap Shout-Out!

Every week, we celebrate student creativity through the The Week in Rap Shout-Out Contest. For last week’s Shout-Out, students in Melissa Torres’ 8th social studies class at W.P. McLean School in Fort Worth, Texas stood out with their critical thinking about improving college admissions exams. Read on to learn what they proposed!

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Helping Students Deal with Tragedy in the News

A major challenge for any teacher is knowing how to present news to students about tragic events in the world. Many students are exposed to these news stories along with the rest of us, and they’ll likely have fears, concerns and questions about the event and what it means.

What’s the best way to foster a healthy, safe and supportive environment for students to discuss and process tragedy? We asked three experts in the field of child psychology and mental health who we work with to help answer this question.

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 16:  People weep as they gather to observe a minute-silence at the Place de la Republique in memory of the victims of the Paris terror attacks last Friday, on November 16, 2015 in Paris, France. Countries across Europe will join France, currently observing three days of national mourning, in a one minute-silence today in an expression of solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attacks, which left at least 129 people dead and hundreds more injured.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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Granite Falls Elementary Students Become Marine Biologists for The Week in Rap Junior Shout-Out!

Just for our loyal The Week in Rap Junior fans, we bring a fresh Shout-Out Contest every week! Students in Mrs. Garnes 2nd grade class at Granite Falls Elementary in Granite in Falls, NC were our latest stars, after writing, drawing and even creating presentation slides about what they’d study as marine biologists! Read on to learn about their underwater explorations…

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Roslyn Road School Students Deliver Winning World Series Sportscasts for a Week in Rap Shout-Out!

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…

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Washington Elementary School Students Dream Up New Volunteer Projects to Win a Week in Rap Junior Shout-Out!

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!

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