How I Use It
I have used this resource in many parts of my lessons. When introducing a topic (ex. American Exploration) I have played the videos. Playing the videos prior to the lesson allowed the students to have an automatic engagement in a topic that they may not be interested in. Many times I have heard my students singing the raps about content before I even delivered a full lesson. I have also printed off the lyrics to the songs for the class to look over after the video. This part of the lesson wasn't as engaging as the video for students, but it helped to solidify many discussion topics. I wish that (and maybe there is) an app version available for students to be able to view and discuss on their mobile devices.
Flocabulary offers students a great avenue to interact with content in a new and fun way. This resource provides music videos that cover all areas of content, so almost any teacher could use it. The videos are roughly 2-4 minutes long and actually rap about the chosen topics. I enjoyed the idea that students have a resource that applies to different types of learners: visual, auditory, etc. Flocabulary also offers access to the lyrics for those that like to read and analyze the information. This also helps when students have trouble understanding what some of the songs are discussing.