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Flocabulary and Grades K-2: Teaching Tips & Ideas to Engage Younger Students

With over 750 videos and counting, the Flocabulary team likes to remix an old Apple adage when talking about the depth and breadth of our content: “There’s a Flocab for that.” That said, we know it can be challenging, especially for lower elementary teachers, to find Flocab content that is accessible to their students and relevant to their curriculum.

While there are lots of learning possibilities with Flocabulary’s student accounts, we understand it’s not always a feasible option when working with your little ones. Luckily, Flocabulary works well as a front-of-classroom tool or to support teaching in a “centers” format, too! Here are some favorite Flocabulary units and best practices for early elementary grades:

Word Up, our award-winning vocabulary videos, are scaffolded by grade level. Word Up Peach (Kindergarten), Word Up Grape (Grade 1) and Word Up Turquoise (Grade 2) are part of our Tier II vocabulary instruction program.

We understand the power of storytelling for young kids, which is why each video follows a narrative—and embedded in each story are 8-10 vocabulary words, learned in context.

We also provide supporting hands-on activities and packets, too. Here’s how you can access them from any Word Up unit using the left-hand navigation:

Word Up Lesson Flocabulary

While our entire library has math content ranging from geometry and measurement to statistics and probability, our collection of addition and subtraction math videos are a perfect fit for Grades K-2. The units are lively and positive, and great for building early mathematical fluency.

Our collection of social and emotional learning videos cover everything from managing frustrating to building empathy and a sense of community in your classroom, for even the youngest of students. Here are some of our favorites for Grades K-2:

Just like our Word Up units, our Social & Emotional Learning videos have corresponding printable classroom activities and packets, too.

Our standards alignment search tool is a handy resource for discovering Flocabulary units aligned to specific grade levels and standards, including state and organizational standards like TEKS and NGSS.

Teaching to the Common Core? Use our Standards Alignment Tool to explore our CCSS alignment by grade level for ELA or Math.

You can always explore all of our videos, grouped by subject, from the logged-in Flocabulary home page.


You can toggle the speed of any Flocabulary video.

“But what about using hip-hop? Isn’t that too fast of a genre for young kids to understand?

Our videos for kindergarteners, first and second graders are composed at a slower pace than our units for older students, and teachers can always slow down the playback by toggling the speed using the menu on the top right of the video.

We hope you find these suggested units and teaching tips helpful. How do you teach Flocabulary with your little ones? Leave us a note in the comments, or shoot us a tweet.