Teacher Review for Flocabulary

Engagement and Retention in Beats and Rhymes

Jean K.
Classroom teacher
Russell Sage JHS, Forest Hills
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Science
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used Flocabulary.com to reinforce the lesson and/or for sum-up at the end. With lively beats and hip illustrations, students stay engaged until the end of the lesson. Many students leave the classroom humming the song, tapping the beats or singing the chorus part. The most impressive lesson with Flocabulary was right before the standard exams. The whole school was feeling sick and tired of exams and strategies. As per my wonderful colleague's recommendation, the last lesson before the exams was "On Tiral" from Flocabulary. The lesson is in fun rap to cool beats with music-video like illustrations and subtitles. And the rap has a complex plot, academic vocabulary words and test-taking strategies with almost the Sixth Sense like punch at the end. After all the woos and ahhhs and drumming on the desks, I could see the students looking recharged and hear them rapping the lesson. Pretty cool, right? Flocabulary also provides lyrics on display and in downloadable print-out format with and without keyword blanks. Comprehension questions worksheet is another big plus.
My Take
Whether to use Flocabulary as a sum-up tool like me, as a lesson, or as an engagement hook in the beginning is up to the teacher. I know it definitely works for summary of the lesson and I could see it working as effectively as in other ways. Worksheets on comprehension questions and keywords in lyrics are very detailed and helpful educational resource for both teachers and parents. Flocabulary is a very clever and effective website for fun teaching. One thing that can improve is accommodating English Learners. Because of the rap style music, ELLs with beginning and intermediate competency were not able to follow as much. Adjusting the music speed function would be really helpful.