Teacher Review For Flocabulary

Catchy rap music videos to teach concepts, like math formulas.

Lisa B.
Classroom teacher
Hershey Middle School
Hershey, PA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Whole class
Great with ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
The videos are easy additions to a lesson since they are created and published by Flocabulary, even for a teacher who is not comfortable with lots of technology. The songs make it easy for students to remember short sets of information, like the pythagorean theorem or the formula for a triangle. The songs provide a simple explanation to why the formulas exist as they do. While the videos might be initially presented in class as a warm up or closure, the video links would also be posted so the students could listen to them on their own. Middle school students will listen to a song many, many times. Thiss increases the likeliness that they remember the concept, so it is a win-win situation. Teachers would have to decide for themselves if the price of the subscription is worth the number of videos that apply to their subject area. Take advantage of the free trial to see exactly what they have to offer.
My Take
This review is specifically for the Geometry and Measurement section under Middle School Math http://www.flocabulary.com/topics/geometry-measurement/. There were ten videos in this section. "Money" is not really a middle school math topic, this tends to be covered in early elementary school. "It's all about the Mathematics" has creative lyrics, but no supporting visuals, which makes the topic harder to understand without background knowledge or for students with lower literacy rates. "Trapped in a Prism" has a strange plot line. Overall, this is a great tool for teaching the basic formulas that students need to remember to be successful in geometry. There is support for the teachers - with suggestions of how to incorporate it into the classroom and embedded activities on the website. There is support for the students by providing links in the text of the lyrics for concepts they might want or need more information on.