Who Inspires You?

Every week, our Week in Rap Shout Out Contest gives students an opportunity to win a shout out for their school in the next Week in Rap. For this week’s contest, we asked you to tell us about someone who inspires you, whomever that might be. The students who entered wrote about all sorts of different role models, from parents, teachers and coaches to actors, musicians, and athletes. Though their contributions may be different, they are all inspiring in unique ways. Continue reading

Students Dream for Change

Every week, our Week in Rap Shout Out Contest gives students an opportunity to win a shout out for their school in the next Week in Rap. Last week, we were inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr., who made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech just over fifty years ago, and asked what your dreams are for the world. Fifty years from now, what do you hope will have changed for the better? Continue reading

Write a Holiday Rap

We’re back from our holiday break with our first Week In Rap Shout Out of the new year! Every week, our Week in Rap Shout Out Contest gives students an opportunity to win a shout out for their school in the next Week in Rap.

In December, we turned it around and asked you to create a contest of your own and submit both the contest and your entry to it. Our winner this week is Yellow Breeches Middle School in Boiling Springs, PA. Mrs. Lauro’s 8th grade class came up with a contest to write a holiday rap. Here’s their entry:

You look outside, you see the snow falling white
It’s December 24th, you can’t wait for the night
Your mom sends you to bed and turns off the light
While in your dreams you dream of Santa’s flight
You’re layin in your bed you can’t fall asleep
You keep thinkin about your toys in a giant heap
You’re so so excited that its hard to imagine
Maybe you’ll get your favorite toy, that dragon
You open up your parents room and jump on mom and dad
Go down the stairs, see presents, it makes you so glad
Your parents take pictures of you opening your toys
You now know Santa delivered to all the girls and boys

Congratulations to Yellow Breeches Middle School, and thank you to everyone who entered over the break! Don’t forget to enter this Friday’s Week In Rap Shout-Out Contest for a chance to win a shout out next Friday.

Students Write Seasonal Poetry

Every week, our Week in Rap Shout Out Contest gives students an opportunity to win a shout out for their school in the next Week in Rap. Last week, we asked you to write about a season of your choice in the form of a tanka poem. In a tanka poem, the focus is not on rhyming, but on the number of syllables in each line. The changing seasons have long been a popular subject of this traditional Japanese poetry form. Continue reading

Ecosystems for Kids

At Flocabulary, there’s one resource we could never live without: teachers. Our teachers are always inspiring us with the new and creative ways they implement Flocabulary in their classrooms. Here is a unique and super fun lesson plan that comes to us from Yvonne Maisel of Wake County Public Schools in NC.


For printable lyrics, a test and more, click here.
 

Teaching Ecosystems Through Music

Grade Level: 3-5
1. Initiate and facilitate discussion regarding ecosystems using Flocabulary’s “Ecosystems” songPause to discuss concepts such as food webs and animals that would live in various biomes

2. Review challenge questions and construct multiple possible answers, referring back to lyrics to validate answer choices.

3. Discuss biomes using http://worldwildlife.org/biomes to support Flocabulary ecosystems introduction.

4. View biomes PowerPoint.

5. Select which biome a fox would most like to live in (multiple answers).

6. View “What does the Fox Say?” to discuss what the fox says, who lives with a fox, what ecosystems are represented in the video, and what food chains are expressed.

7. Begin to draw ecosystems for the fox to inhabit.

Additional Material from Yvonne
We have previously made origami foxes because we are also considering how origami plays a role in STEM currently and how origami can/does translate into modern engineering principles. Here’s the site I created to synthesis science and origami.