Updated May 2014

Flocabulary: Language Arts

Add a beat and a rhyme to students' language arts learning

Subjects & skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking

  • English Language Arts
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
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Flocabulary’s Language Arts program can be a fun go-to when the usual tricks no longer work. These smart songs and high-quality videos will capture kids’ interest from the first “Yes-yes, y’all!" They'll also offer plenty of teachable moments, even for the most hip-hop-reluctant teacher. You can take well-worn topics like the parts of speech, the five-paragraph essay, or the elements of fiction, and transform them into memorable songs that kids will beg to hear again. Go for the Reading and Writing and Grammar units first; these are treasure troves of material for mini-lessons. After that, the Literature and Research Skills lessons make for a fantastic way to introduce new material while building excitement and curiosity.

One of the site’s most notable features is the guide to writing and filming academic hip-hop songs. This option may be the site's best way to keep high school students engaged no matter what they're learning -- be it grammar, the research process, a novel, or a play. The Reading and Writing, Grammar, Literature, and Research Skills units all have printable lyrics, online exercises, and recommended extensions. However, these units are broadly assigned to either the K-12 or the 6-12 grade bands, so you may need to do some differentiation.

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Sudha N. , Media specialist/librarian
Media specialist/librarian
Ossining High School
Ossining, NY
Global Awareness in a Snapshot

In my opinion, any content that is presented in a familiar and appealing format, will reach more young people. It may open doors to the most reluctant learners. Every kid has infinite potential. This non-traditional format could tap into their curiosity and help them explore their potential.

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