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.
We gave our home page a makeover, making it easier than ever to get to the Flocab videos and activities you want to see! Here’s a recap of the new improvements you’ll find the next time you log in to Flocabulary…
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.
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!
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.
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…
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…
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 2014, 300,000 adults embarked on a November noveling quest, and perhaps more impressively, 90,000 kids wrote novels in their schools with NaNoWrimo’s Young Writer’s Program!
If you and your students are writing with the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Project–or if you’re working on slightly shorter stories–our “Five Things” rap video will help your students review the five elements of a story: Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme & Setting “…yes these are the five things!” And older NaNoWriMo novelists may also enjoy getting back to the basics of the craft with our free video.
The Complete “Five Things” Lesson Plan
After you’ve watched the video, you can click on the lyrics to learn more, answer challenge questions, and analyze or plan your own story using our complete “Five Things” lesson plan and worksheet.