…and even more coming all the time!
One of our new videos, Money.
This month, we present a big batch of new videos for your enjoyment. They’re in a range of subjects, from Vocabulary to Language Arts to Math. These fourteen new videos cover Shakespeare, addition and subtraction, and more!
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4th Grade Vocabulary: Kid Who Always Says the Wrong Thing
“Jimmy, do you like sports?”
“Yes, especially bananas.”
Learn ten fourth grade vocabulary…
What better day of the year to celebrate 3.14 than on March 14? Today we celebrate the number pi (π), a mathematical constant which we use to calculate the area and circumference of a circle. Pi represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. But don’t let the technical jargon fool you; pi knows how to have fun. To prove it, we made a brand new Circles Video!
After you rock out to “All You Need is Pi and the Radius”, check out these other great videos we found:
Every week we shout out to whichever school wins our Week in Rap Shout Out Contest. This week, we asked you to draw a comic illustrating a Week in Rap news story from the month of February. We loved the comics you submitted! They were creative, informative, and most of all, hilarious.
The win goes to Jo Byrns Elementary School in Cedar Hill, Tennessee, for this comic on including students with disabilities in sports programs.
Another great comic came from Mauldin Middle School, South Carolina, depicting New York City before and after Hurricane Sandy. We love the art style — that’s one fearsome Mother Nature!
Every week we have a new Week in Rap Shout Out Contest, and our favorite submission wins a shout out for their school. This week we asked you to get in groups and come up with a list of your favorite words, then make a poem using them. You guys have some great favorite words! Our pick for the win comes from Bak Middle School of the Arts in Palm Beach, Florida, who submitted this highly evocative poem:
Eccentric, jazzy hipster cat
Strutting triumphantly down the street
Basking in the discord of the mayhem
Reveling in the cacophony of the night
Have you been entering our Week in Rap Shout Out Contest? Every week we give students a new contest, and our favorite submission wins a shout out for their school! This week, we challenged you to make up a Flocabulary app. What would it do? Who would it be for? What features would it have?
We received a lot of amazing submissions with all sorts of fun ideas, from sing along rap games to interactive vocabulary challenges and more. Our winner comes from the Arizona School for the Arts. With no further ado, the winning submission:
If I were to develop an app for Flocab, it would start
The Common Core English Language Arts standards spiral learning in a smart way. A new concept is introduced in one grade, and then practiced in later grades as students work slowly and confidently toward mastery. And Flocabulary’s ELA songs and videos will help teachers to introduce and practice everything from vocabulary to grammar to reading and writing strategies. Read on to see the Common Core alignment for our ELA songs. Or view our math CCSSS alignment here.
You can click on each image to view the aligned song or video!
Increased vocabulary is crucial for reading in all grades. The Word…
"When it’s raining cats and dogs, become a duck."
Every week, classes have an opportunity to win a shout-out for their school with our Week in Rap Shout-out Contest. This week’s contest highlighted our African Wisdom song, and asked students to write their own, original proverbs. Without further ado, the winner is:
After dragging a sled up a hill, you get to enjoy the ride.
– JDC School Program, Loudoun County, Virginia
It’s a shame we could only pick one winner, because we received a lot of amazing entries. The good news is that we can still share them with you here! Here are some of our…
…and Flocabulary Songs to Go With Them!
If your students are reading historical fiction, help set the stage with Flocabulary’s history songs! We’ve assembled a list of Flocab videos to help you add a historical component to your literature, or a literary element to your social studies. These raps quickly provide historical context for favorite works of historical fiction.
If you’re reading… …you could use:
Middle Ages: Europe – "It's Dangerous"
The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood
Imperialism – "The Sun Never
You’ve asked for it, so we’ve delivered. It is now easy to print the lyrics for every single Flocabulary song and video. Now students can more easily read along with lyrics for enhanced literacy instruction, or review lyrics after class to study. Here’s how it works:
Click on your favorite Flocabulary song or video. Then look on the side bar on the right. You’ll see “Printable Lyrics” there.
When you click there, you’ll see a nicely-printable PDF of the lyrics.
And then if you scroll down, you’ll see printable missing lyrics too! Students could fill in the words while they watch…
As part of our mission to bring hip-hop into the classroom, we’ve been searching through our music collections in search of totally classroom-safe rap music. For each song, we’ll provide the lyrics and a short lesson plan.
The first song is Mos Def’s “Habitat.” The song is a series of reflections on the idea of home, as well as memories of Mos Def’s childhood in Brooklyn. This song contains no swear words, and no references to the n-word. It does mention witnessing drug use, but it does not glorify it in any way.
You can download this song on iTunes. iTunes will note that it has “explicit lyrics,”…