Updated May 2014

Flocabulary: Social Studies

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

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  • Social Studies
  • English Language Arts

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication & Collaboration
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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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Leah K. , Other
Cobb County School District
Marietta, United States
Excellent tool for the musically inclined!
Overall, Flocabulary is a great platform. While some of the lessons are clearly targeted to lower age groups, almost all children can benefit to key concepts being taught musically. Sometimes a song will get stuck in their heads when no amount of lecturing will. Other than using it briefly as activators or summarizers, I would recommend that in the higher grades, Flocabulary be used primarily as an independent practice tool.
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