Our Gift to You: The Year in Rap… Happy Holidays!

What a year... Thank you all for making 2010 so great. And thank you for the incredible work you do, day in and day out. From all of us at Flocabulary: Happy holidays. We feel truly blessed to be part of a community of students, parents and educators who care. With your support, we'll be able to help even more students in 2011. Here is a little present. And like a department store, we gift rap. Enjoy - see you next decade!

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"Teach Me How to Study" – YES!!!

For anyone that doesn't know, there's a very popular song that's been out called "Teach Me How To Dougie" by California Swag District. What Mr. Cee and his 8th graders did is "Hip-Hop Classroom" it up, in an incredible way. Here's their description. Enough said: "teAch me how 2 dOugie REMIXED by 8th grAde students @ celerity nascent charter school locAted in tha heart of Los Angeles... concept.. shOt.. directed.. and cut by their technology teacher, Mr. Cee" Challenge your kids to remix a popular and current hip-hop song with lyrics praising academic excellence for a fun, powerful project! Here…

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Photosynthesis Rap – Teacher Made :)

Shout out to Gretchen Shary from San Antonio, TX for sharing this awesome home-made rap. Photosynthesis can be touch for students to wrap their minds around - not to mention all the content-area vocabulary! Just goes to show how fun and effective writing academic rhymes can be, for students and teachers both. By the way, Gretchen has a cool story. After getting a BS in Biology, she went on to get certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology in Microbiology, worked in the local county hospital microbiology lab and then for a private microbiology lab. Putting her love of…

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Warm-Up Activities for the First Week of School

Flocabulary is all about good times in the classroom - as long as valuable goals are being advanced, of course! Here are some great activities for the beginning of the school year. 1. Take as Much as You Want! During the first "circle time" activity, have a roll of toilet paper on hand. Explain to the youth that they will need this for the next activity. Tell students that you're going to pass around the roll. Invite each student to take as much as they want. After everyone has had a good laugh over the amount of paper they took,…

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