Flocabulary is a learning platform that makes use of music and rap videos to boost students learning across different subject areas and grades. Flocabulary offers various lessons and educational activities including Vocab Cards, Vocab Games, and Lyrics Lab to help K-12 students master standards and build cross-curricular academic vocabulary.
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How to use Flocabulary with your students?
Each lesson starts with a video that introduces students to the topic of the lesson and familiarizes them with the vocabulary words and academic content of the lesson using rap/hip-hop music. Videos come with a number of helpful features including Lyrics, Quick Review, and Discuss Mode.
When students click on the Lyrics button under the video they will be able to read the lyrics of the video. Vocabulary words are highlighted in blue and students can click on them to bring up the vocabulary card of any word.
Quick Review now (available only in old videos, new videos include Discuss mode) provides students with comprehension questions to check their understanding of the video. Students can browse through the questions, discuss answers with each other and click on Show Answer to see the correct response.
Discuss Mode features prompts and questions throughout the video to engage students in discussions and help them explore different perspectives of the topic. Questions are marked by yellow circles along the video timeline. ‘The question will automatically appear on the bottom screen. You can then lead a class discussion around the prompt by using strategies such as popcorn questions, turn and talk, the Socrative method or just calling on volunteers to share.’
Watch this video to learn more about how to use Flocabulary Video
B) Vocab Cards
The Vocabulary Cards section is where students learn about new words and practice using them in different learning contexts. Each lesson contains individual cards featuring vocabulary words related to the topic of the lesson. When students click on any of these vocabulary cards they will be able to access the definition of the word, part of speech, and an illustrative example.
Vocab cards offer students two options to practice vocabulary learning ‘Write with this Word‘ and ‘Draw‘ both of which are located under the vocab card. When students click on Write with this Word they will be provided with an empty space where they can write sample sentences demonstrating understanding of the word. The Draw option allows students create a visual representation of the word using the provided tools (e.g., a pen, shapes, lines, text, etc).
C) Vocab Game
D) Read & Respond
F) Lyric Lab
How to create an assignment on Flocabulary?
Teachers can easily create assignments to send to students. Assignments can help students practice key vocabulary words and build towards mastery. Here is how to create an assignment on Flocabulary:
- Choose a lesson from Flocabulary library
- Click on Assign from the upper left corner
- You can select a single class, multiple classes, or specific students to share the assignment with.
- Click on Select Activities and Dates
- Select the activity you want to assign (e.g., Video, Vocab Card, Vocab Game, Read & Respond, Quiz, and/or Lyric Lab)
- Select a due date ad click on Create Assignment.
- Students can access the assignment from their Flocabulary account.
Grading students assignments in Flocabulary
While Flocabulary offers access to five activities only two of these activities (i.e., Vocab Cards and Lyric Lab) need to be graded manually by teachers. The Vocab Game, Read & Respond, and Quiz activities are automatically graded. Watch this video to learn more about reviewing assignments in Flocabulary.
Flocabulary lesson library features a wide range of lpre-made lesson that cover : Math, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts, Vocabulary, and Life Skills.
A) Math Lessons
Flocabulary brings math lessons to life using engaging video content. Featured lessons cover the following areas: Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Numbers and Operations, Expressions and Equations, Geometry and Measurement, Statistics and Probability, Ratios and Proportional Relations.
B) Science Lessons
Science lessons cover the following areas: Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, Technology and Engineering, and Scientific Practices.
C) Social Studies Lessons
Social Studies lessons are arranged into the following categories: Ancient World, Modern World History, U.S. History, Civics, Geography, Historical Figures, Holidays, Economics, Historical Practices, and Issues in the News.
D) Language Arts
Language Arts section features lessons covering four key areas: Reading and Writing, Grammar, Research 7 Study Skills, and Literature.
E) Vocabulary Lessons
Vocabulary Lessons help students learn and practice vocabulary words across different topics. Lessons include: SAT vocabulary lessons, Word Up Indigo, Word Up Turqoise, Word Up Grape, Word Up Peach, Word Up Orange, and more.
F) Life Skills lessons
Life Skills lessons feature videos designed to help students develop key competencies in the following areas: Racial and Social Justice, Social and Emotional Learning, Health and Wellness, and Financial Literacy.
G) Current Events
Current Events features stories of current world events that teachers can use in the class to engage students in fruitful discussion using critical and analytic thinking skills. Stories are organized into two main categories: Week in Rap and Week in Rap Junior.
What is Flocabulary Mix?
How much does Flocabulary cost?
Flocabulary offers two types of subscriptions: An individual Teachers plan (Lite) that costs $11.50/ month billed annually and a Schools & Districts plan (Flocabulary Plus) which offers custom pricing.
Post updated in May 2022