I know what you're thinking. Who has time to compose hip-hop music videos to go with the curriculum? But wouldn't it be awesome if someone ELSE could do that?
You're in luck, because that's exactly what Flocabulary is all about! Flocabulary has a team of artists and educators who create educational hip-hop videos, interactive lessons, and online assessments for students in grades K-12. They have over 600 music videos on their site that cover a wide variety of academic topics, and the collection keeps growing. Kids like Kimberly Harper's students shown here absolutely LOVE the program!
Read on to discover some of Flocabulary's key features and learn how to enter your school in a contest to win a free schoolwide subscription!
The Week in Rap
I discovered Flocabulary a few years ago when I was teaching 5th grade and stumbled across their Week in Rap music videos. I remember being amazed at they way they could compose a new hip-hop video EVERY WEEK that highlighted the most important news, and I was in awe of the creative lyrics and visuals. One evening I dragged my husband over to the computer to watch, and we were both mesmerized! All of those videos are still accessible on their site, and they keep creating more!
Week in Rap, Junior series which is perfect for elementary students! These videos cover timely topics that are aligned with core subject areas, and Flocabulary has created teaching materials to accompany those videos, too. Click the image below to check out the August 14th Week in Rap Junior video. After you watch and listen for a few minutes, click the tabs above the video and the links on the right side of the page to review the interactive lyrics and other teacher resources that accompany the video.
A New Way to Learn VocabularyAs you might have guessed, Flocabulary's original mission was to use music and visuals to teach vocabulary in a fun way. After you watch a few videos, you'll agree that they do this incredibly well! Third grade teacher Francie Kugelman explains it this way, "Vocabulary can be boring to learn. By integrating new words into a rap song that has great visuals too, and explaining what the word means in the song, Flocabulary makes it tremendously easy for students to learn new vocabulary. They are learning new vocabulary in context while listening to the beat of the song."
Every video also includes supplementary materials like interactive lyrics, printables, quizzes, and graphic organizers. In 2013, Flocabulary added a Common Core search feature to help teachers find music videos to match the CCSS standards.
Flocabulary has grown in popularity as research studies and feedback from educators have shown its effectiveness. It's clear that students who use the program make greater academic gains than those who don't. Word continues to spread, and now over 35,000 schools use Flocabulary to engage students and increase achievement across the curriculum.
Sign Up for a Free Trial and Enter to Win a School Subscription
I could go on and on about Flocabulary's amazing resources, but the best way to learn about the site is to explore it yourself. The Week in Rap Junior video gave you a small taste of what Flocabulary offers, but there's so much more to discover when you have full access to the site.
The good news is that with just a few clicks, you can get that access with a 45-day free trial. You won't be asked to enter a credit card number, and your email address will not be shared with other organizations. Most free trials are approved automatically, but in some cases you may have to wait a day or two. If you have questions, please email email@example.com for assistance.
Click over to the Free Trial Sign Up page and fill out the form now. After you sign up, return to this page and enter the contest for a Flocabulary Schoolwide Site License good for one year! Find the Rafflecopter at the end of this post and confirm that you have signed up for the free trial. That's the only action your're required to complete, but taking this step will unlock three more optional ways to enter. The more actions you take, the more chances you have to win! Be sure to read the Terms and Conditions before you submit your entry.
The contest ends on Thursday, September 17th at midnight EST, and the winner will be chosen and notified the following day.
Spread the Word!
Once you sign up for a school-wide Flocabulary free trial, you'll receive instructions on how to share it with all colleagues at your school. Make sure to send sign up information to your entire staff list. Even though everyone at your school can sign up to be entered in the subscription giveaway, only one trial can be created per school, so make sure everyone has the chance to participate while you have free access!
Your school's' chances of winning will increase if more teachers enter, and there's another benefit even if your school doesn't win. Your chances of getting your school to pay for a subscription will most likely be greater if more teachers are using it and more kids are experiencing success! :-)
By the way, members of the Caring Classrooms Community on DonorsChoose have one more reason to love this organization. Flocabulary became a Platinum Sponsor of Caring Classrooms in August with a generous donation of $1,000 to help teachers in this community get their DC projects funded! If you aren't a member, head over to the Caring Classrooms Facebook page to learn how to join this amazing group of teachers. Thank you, Flocabulary, for making a difference in classrooms in so many ways!
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