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Flocabulary's Science videos can be used to introduce or review science content, though teachers should probably preview songs for accuracy and standards alignment. The songs that are more limited in scope seem to be the most fun and valuable. Mnemonics in the "Classification" song will have kids laughing while remembering the content. The "Evolution" song manages to properly address common misconceptions, and the "Ecosystems" beat covers just the right vocabulary for middle schoolers. Chemistry students will appreciate the “We Get Atomic” video, and the "Scientific Method" clip is quite worth viewing. Be aware though, that content mistakes in some of the lyrics and supporting texts could throw some teachers out of the groove.
As students listen, have them apply their knowledge by critiquing songs' lyrics or suggesting revisions –- better yet, students will love creating their own songs. Get connected with a video-production class and your kids will jump at the chance to offer up their own fresh beats. You can also use songs during class transitions, or as background music during a lab. Or, classes could earn song minutes through homework completion or keeping glassware unbroken. Overall, given the site's cost, some science teachers might opt for a “They Might Be Giants” album instead, but Flocabulary's versatility makes the site a solid choice for engaging students.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.
Earth and Human Activity
Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.
Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.
Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring.