Updated May 2014

Flocabulary: Social Studies

“Don’t know much about history” no longer applies with these rhymes

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Flocabulary's History songs can make a great complement to your history lessons. The U.S. History, Ancient World History, Modern World History, and Civics units all have printable lyrics, online exercises, and recommended extensions. Units are broadly assigned to the 5-12 grade band, so teachers will have to do some differentiation. But with the variety of categories, it’s easy to find a topic that will fit into your curriculum. Flocabulary’s music videos, and the accompanying activities, could be used as pre-assessments, introductions to units, or even post-assessments. You could also assign students specific videos to initiate or support research projects -- they could work independently, or in groups.

In addition, high school teachers in particular may want to have students write and film their own academic hip-hop songs. Using students' videos as part of a post-assessment portfolio could be a great way to gauge learning. Furthermore, this could even help students meet some of the Common Core speaking standards.

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Lori C. , Classroom teacher
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J.C. Booth Middle School
Peachtree City, United States
Fun, engaging rap songs that will get stuck in your head!
Most of the songs we use are fun and engaging. Often the students ask to listen to it again and again. The visual aspect, whether it is actual footage or animation, is typically enjoyable to watch and the hip-hop-based music is great for my 6th graders.
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