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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Racial Justice Classroom Resource Guide

Racial Justice Classroom Resource Guide

For teachers and students engaging in antiracist teaching and learning by challenging anti-Black racism At the core of Flocabulary is hip-hop, a cultural movement started by Black and Latinx youth in New York in the early ’70s. It’s important to understand the history of hip-hop and the socio-cultural and economic circumstances from which it emerged when teaching with Flocabulary. Why? We must honor where the music came from, especially in a society that has historically marginalized Black voices. For a primer on the history of hip-hop culture, watch our Hip-Hop Fundamentals video. New to Flocabulary? We recommend that you watch…

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Top 10 Flocabulary Videos For Your Summer Playlist

Top 10 Flocabulary videos for your summer playlist

If the summer slide was a dance move like the electric— the world would be in a better place! Unfortunately, the summer slide occurs when students fail to practice the skills they learned during the school year over their summer vacation. The result most often leads to them returning to school the following year at a lower academic performance level than they were before summer began. To help prevent the summer slide from happening Flocabulary has put together some essential tunes that your students can play all summer to help them remember key concepts while jamming out to the music. …

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Why Culturally Responsive Teaching Matters Now More Than Ever

Why culturally responsive teaching matters now more than ever

The Layers of Culture Culturally responsive teaching (CRT)--also called culturally relevant teaching--is not a new method of teaching. Gloria Ladson-Billings first introduced the term “culturally relevant pedagogy” in the 1990s. But despite its 30-year history and its recent increase in popularity, it remains frequently misunderstood. At its core, CRT is a research-based teaching method that acknowledges the central role of culture in learning.  Culture has layers. Think of it like an iceberg. On the surface, there are the most visible aspects of culture; clothing, food, and holidays are all examples. They may be what we think of first when we…

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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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