Test Prep With Flocabulary: 6 Tips For Navigating Testing Season

Test Prep with Flocabulary: 6 Tips for Navigating Testing Season

As high-stakes testing season approaches, the classroom can become a whirlwind of test prep. With these tests drawing nearer and nearer, it’s important for teachers to focus on more than just content because there's more to being prepared than just knowing all the answers. Students must be able to deal with stress and anxiety, have good studying habits and practice the act of taking a test itself. But how do you address these skills in the classroom? We asked teachers this very question, and here’s what we found.

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The Art Of Rhyme Writing

The Art of Rhyme Writing

In order to be a great rapper, you have to have an understanding of how to write rhymes. Mastering rhyme schemes and learning how to utilize slant and near rhymes comes with time and practice, and there are many ways to go about learning the skill. We wanted to explore how different rappers go about writing their rhymes, since the art of rhyming is so crucial to an emcee's style. So we interviewed two of our own Flocab artists, and broke down some bars formulaically.

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Straight out of the classroom: Teachers and students submit (awesome) academic raps

Welcome to November, Hip-Hop Classroom. We had to post these raps - fresh in from Loudon, VA and Cheshire, CT. First, we have a truly top-notch rap about the Vietnam War from Ms. Zecher in Sterlin, VA. The key content/vocabulary is even in bold, just like Flocabulary. Fantastic work Jen Zecher - let's get this on wax! Up next, 5th graders from Doolittle School in Cheshire, CT created a rap about science of sound concepts. We love it! Here's what teacher Tracy Ajello wrote when she submitted the rhymes: "Hi, my fifth graders wrote this rap to teach about grade…

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Students Receive Awards From New Jersey Governor Corzine for Creating a Flocabulary Rap Video

To celebrate New Jersey's 345th Birthday, a special ceremony was held at the State Museum of New Jersey on June 24, 2009. Dignitaries in attendance included Governor Corzine, Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Well, and the Commissioner of Education Lucille E. Davy. At the ceremony, Belleveville High School students Juan Lisojo and Simeon Knafo received Governor's Awards for their production of an educational rap video featuring Flocabulary's song and lyrics from "Ghosts of the Civil War" (Hip-Hop U.S. History). Belleville High School teachers Mr. Sheridan, Mr. Ross and Mr. Klotzkin worked with the students to create the video. Check it…

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Indianapolis 6th Grade Class Uses Hip-Hop To Get on Top

Whoa - we just got word of a school putting out one extraordinary academics-based rap music video after another! The 6th graders at Lew Wallace Elementary in Indianapolis, IN, have been busy this past year, creating songs and videos that cover everything from atomic structure to the dangers of drug use. Check out the "Bacteria Rap" or a great track about "Animal Relationships" Flocabulary commends these students and their teacher, Damon E. Jennings, for their work. All of the videos (available on Mr. Jennings' YouTube channel) are great, and serve as examples of the possibilities for using Hip-Hop as a…

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