Marsha P. Johnson: A Behind The Scenes Look At Flocabulary Lesson Creation

Marsha P. Johnson: A behind the scenes look at Flocabulary lesson creation

Flocabulary helps students grow empathy and understanding with content that reflects students' identities and cultures and introduces them to new perspectives. Our content team thoughtfully creates each lesson and in this post, we're highlighting the creation of a social studies lesson for the historical figure and activist, Marsha P. Johnson. We asked a few of our lesson creators about the lesson creation process which takes them through a in-depth process of researching standards, history, writing lyrics with Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary terms, a finally into the creation of video, animation, and the music. How were the lyrics written…

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Ideas For Planning And Teaching With Flocabulary In June

Ideas for planning and teaching with Flocabulary in June

Whether your students are still in class this month, just about to end their school year, or are already finished, there are a few amazing resources you can use through Flocabulary to support them at the end of the school year and beyond into the summer to boost their vocabulary and keep students engaged at the same time. Here’s a few ideas to help you get through the end of the school year or give to students for engaging summer activity ideas. Remembering Anne Frank Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany on June 12, 1929. Honor her bravery and…

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How To Write Rhymes: Advice From Flocabulary Rappers

How to write rhymes: Advice from Flocabulary rappers

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. Dillon V. - Recording Artist Write down your inspiration and your rhymes, because once those…

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3 Teacher-initiated Strategies For Flocabulary Instruction

3 teacher-initiated strategies for Flocabulary instruction

Flocabulary is a versatile vocabulary platform teachers and students can use in numerous ways. While some approaches may be student-centered, research shows that explicit instruction of vocabulary is an important part of student acquisition. Here are a few ways teachers can initiate, lead, and utilize Flocabulary in the classroom to support students as they master academic terms. Find dedicated time each day or once per week to explicitly teach vocabulary Vocabulary is the biggest predictor of reading comprehension, but sometimes phonics, phonemic awareness, or fluency are bigger priorities for students. To boost reading comprehension teachers can set aside a dedicated…

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3 Student-centered Strategies For Flocabulary In The Classroom

3 student-centered strategies for Flocabulary in the classroom

Student-centered learning invites students to be part of the planning, implementation, assessments, and overall decision-making process when it comes to what they learn. Giving students agency and choice in what they do helps students set their own goals, reflect on misconceptions, learn to problem solve and become better advocates for themselves. Flocabulary combines the best of teacher-initiated instruction and student-centered strategies. Here are a few ways to support student choice and agency with Flocabulary. Assign vocabulary activities as independent work or homework Allow students to explore and choose what parts of a Flocabulary lesson are most interesting to them or…

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