Students Retell A Fairy Tale

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 find a lesser-known fairy tale and retell it your way, in your own words.

The win this week goes to Park Hill Elementary School in Denver, CO. Mrs. Mills and Mrs. Fickes 5th grade class updated an old German fairy tale, bringing it into the modern classroom. Continue reading

Students Illustrate American History

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 draw a significant scene of your choosing from your country’s history. We received so many amazing drawings, ranging from the very beginnings of the United States all the way to some events happening right now.

Our winner this week is North Tech High School in St. Louis, Missouri. They illustrated everything from women’s suffrage to World War II to the election of Barack Obama. We wanted to showcase these two submissions in particular: an inspirational summary of the Civil Rights movement and a solemn depiction of the Trail of Tears.

Congratulations, North Tech High School!

We also loved the submissions from Grain Valley South Middle School in Grain Valley, Missouri. Here is one student’s illustration of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Finally, let’s take things back even further in history. Clayton of Thomas E. Weightman Middle School in Pasco County, Florida, drew this take on the Boston Tea Party.

Thank you to everyone who submitted drawings this week! Don’t forget to enter this Friday’s Week In Rap Shout-Out Contest for a chance to win a shout out next Friday.

What Would an Alien Think?

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 imagine what an alien would think visiting Earth for the first time. You submitted so many incredibly creative entries, coming up with all sorts of new world and backstories for your alien characters. Really amazing work! Continue reading

Flocab Answers Your Questions!

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 send in three questions for the Flocabulary team. In addition to giving the winner a shout out, we’re also answering their questions, as well as the questions from the runners-up.

Congratulations to our winning school Murray Hill Middle School in Laurel, MD, as well as our runners-up Hidden Oaks Middle School, FL, and Jonesboro Math & Science Magnet School, AR.

With no further ado, our answers to your questions: Continue reading

Students’ Dream Schools

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, in honor of the new school year, we asked you to describe your ideal school. What would students study there? What courses would it offer? What would be the school’s mission?

Our winning entry comes from Normandy Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. They took us to “Low Down Middle School,” and they created both a school pledge/song and a course list. Continue reading

Official Press Release: Flocabulary aligns to Common Core and expands content library

BROOKLYN (AUGUST 15, 2013) Flocabulary, an online library of educational hip-hop videos, today announced the launch of a revamped site with new features designed to help teachers implement Common Core State Standards. The product release also includes 17 new CCSS-aligned videos for English Language Arts.

With the new deployment, all Flocabulary units for math and ELA are aligned to Common Core Standards. Teachers can now navigate based on grade, subject and standard, and search using key words.

“Our goal is to make educational content more accessible for teachers and more engaging for students,” says Alex Rappaport, Flocabulary’s Co-Founder and CEO. “These new features will help teachers use Flocabulary more effectively to meet their CCSS objectives and bring their lessons to life.”

With the addition of new CCSS-aligned units for ELA, Flocabulary has expanded its robust library of content for teaching the Common Core in grades K-12. Topics include reading strategies like “Main Idea” and “Context Clues,” and writing strategies like “Using Descriptive Language” and “Point of View.” For older students, there are several videos about the research process, including “Note-Taking Methods” and “Source Credibility.” These new units have made Flocabulary’s existing library of CCSS-aligned resources for math and ELA more comprehensive.

For teachers who want to explore the resources, Flocabulary offers a free two-week trial of its digital subscription program. Schools can register for 30-day trials which provide access for all teachers and students. Both options provide unlimited access to all songs, videos and lessons. Paid subscriptions are available starting at $7/month or $63/year for an individual teacher, or $1200/year for a school building.

About Flocabulary
Flocabulary is an online library of songs, videos and activities for grades K-12. Hundreds of thousands of teachers use Flocabulary to supplement their instruction and engage students. Our team of artists and educators is not only committed to raising test scores, but also to fostering a love of learning in every child. For more information, visit www.flocabulary.com.