Mar 7, 2016

Cool Tool: Flocabulary (subscription required)

Free is my favorite, but sometimes paid tools are worth the cost. For me, Flocabulary is one of those tools. If you are a current subscriber or considering a trial, here are few ideas on how to use Flocabulary in the classroom.
  • The Week in Rap? Let me walk you through the steps: Video shows how the Week In Rap is made each week. Share with students as a way to show all that goes into creating a professional media information product.
  • Grammar Videos: Watch videos on big grammar topics to reinforce important concepts. Use these videos to inspire students to create their own musical product.
  • Vocabulary Implementation: The Word Up Project teaches interdisciplinary Tier 2 words to boost reading skills across the curriculum. Engaging videos, exercises, games and quizzes provide a comprehensive resource for direct vocabulary instruction. Word Up is research-based, CCSS-aligned and proven to raise scores on state reading tests.
  • Writing Academic Rhymes: Guide your students to develop higher-order thinking skills through high-interest writing. Once students have listened to Flocabulary songs and learned information in any subject area, they can synthesize what they've learned by writing their own rhymes.
  • Worth 1000 Words: provides an outline for a simple activity to develop student media and information literacy skills. You can follow as written, or work it in to existing lessons as a way to engage students in a discussion about why certain media elements are selected (can also do this with Scholastic readers, book covers, CNN student news, textbooks, etc.). By comparing and contrasting information and media elements between stories/broadcasts can help students identify reliability, currency, authority, and bias. As they engage in academic or independent information seeking, this is the criteria students will use to evaluate their sources.

Looking for more ideas? Visit Teaching with Flocabulary to find links to teacher resources for using Flocabulary to support learning in all content areas.