At the end of the school year, schedules get weird, students get loopy and the activities that hooked kids all year suddenly aren’t working anymore. Whether you’re reviewing for finals or rewarding your students for a year of hard work, we’ve got Flocabulary end of the year activities for you.
1. Review test-taking strategies
Prep for final exams with our test-taking strategies lesson. The lesson defines key vocabulary words like “elimination,” “prioritize” and “focus” that students will likely need to understand in the questions and text-taking environment on standardized tests. Once students watch the video they can follow up for deeper understanding of the vocabulary and concepts with the Quiz, Read & Respond, and even do a Lyric Lab activity about their own test-taking strategies.
2. Use the Word Up Project to teach lessons about Tier 2 high-frequency words
If you’ve been using only our core subject areas for lessons on reading, writing, science, math, or social studies you could be missing out on our best lessons yet. Use the Word Up Project lessons on vocabulary to help students develop and practice Tier 2 academic vocabulary. Tier 1 vocabulary are those words students start school already knowing. Tier 2 are high-frequency words students typically see across all subject areas on standardized tests. These are words like “analyze” or “explain.” Tier 3 words are subject-specific terms like “sedimentary” for talking about rocks in science. The Word Up Project has proven to increase student test scores. Select the color that aligns with the grade level(s) you teach and do one lesson a week for review at the end of the year or throughout the year to prepare.
3. Time travel through history
If you have two weeks to go before your US History, Ancient World History or Modern World History exam, Flocabulary can help you review in just a few minutes each day. Watch one video on a topic and use the supplemental activities to support vocabulary acquisition. Is your exam sooner? Double or triple up on your videos. Either way, you’ll get all the key facts and vocabulary from each historical period.
4. Translate Flocabulary
Whether you teach foreign language classes, or have English language learners in your class, translate a Flocabulary song–or part of one–into another language. Get inspired by these Chinese grad students who translated Hip-Hop U.S. History. And then get started on your own.
5. Rap the school year
What were the biggest events at your school this year? Use the Week in Rap as inspiration to write a rap about the most important events from the school year. If there’s time, you could record the rap and share it with the school.
6. Integrate the scientific method into everyday life
The scientific method isn’t just used with beakers, test tubes and complicated apparatus. Students can use it to figure out everything from the best type of joke to tell their little brother to the best route to school. Review the Scientific Method lesson video to freshen up this material for students and discuss what unique ways they can use it in their life.
7. Go on a literacy scavenger hunt
Literacy doesn’t just happen in a library. Practice literacy skills all over town with this scavenger hunt. Analyze billboards, create a guidebook to your town and even educationally eavesdrop. See the 16 scavenger hunt assignments here.
8. Write a vocabulary skit
If you’ve been using vocabulary lessons from The Word Up Project, your students now know at least one hundred new words! Challenge students to write skits, or a full-length play, that use as many of the words as possible.
9. Hold a math facts competition
In our math lessons, the second verse gives students opportunities to say the answer before the rapper. Whether your students have mastered addition, subtraction, multiplication or division this year, challenge students to see how many problems they can solve before the rapper says the answer.
10. Investigate environmental changes
As the temperatures heat up for summer, it is a good time to learn more about environmental science and changes. Begin with our song all about environmental change, and then assign small groups to research more information about different aspects of the environment.
Summer learning activities to eliminate the summer slide
As school is winding down, teachers are preparing summer learning activities and lessons for students to avoid the summer slide. Summer learning provides students an opportunity to review academic content and ensure that previously learned material is not forgotten.
We have compiled a list of helpful tips and premade lessons you can use with your students during summer school!
We hope that even if you take one idea from this post, it takes one thing off your very full plate. We are so very proud of you. Celebrate all of your accomplishments by wrapping up the school year and make your way into summer swiftly!