How I Use It
I used this in every 6th grade content class that I taught last year (Math, Reading, Writing, Science.) This is an AMAZING tool to help build understanding of specific topics in content areas. It uses hip-hop music, and ties in lyrics related to academic subjects (Example: Finding Main Idea.)
Each video has printable lyrics, lesson plans, comprehension questions, and activities that are correlated to the Common Core Standards. Flocabulary has revamped their website and product within the last year, and they have done a tremendous job!
Students really enjoy watching the videos, and will sometimes sing the catchy tunes throughout the day. It is a great way to help them remember key components of subject matter.
I used Flocabulary as an instructional tool to strengthen understanding within my lesson. It can be used to supplement your lessons, or it can also be used as the main focus of a lesson.
The one thing that I found difficult with this tool is that students will sometimes be too engrossed in the animation of the music videos that they miss the lyrics/point of the whole activity. The one way to correct this is to establish rules/regulations/expectations when using this tool in the classroom.
Overall, this is a great tool to use in the classroom! I highly recommend signing up for a free trial. Unfortunately, it does cost money to have an account. However, it is well worth the cost in my opinion!
It is a great tool to reinforce important concepts that students are using. Specifically, it puts these important concepts into words that students will understand. Words, that sometimes, teachers have difficulty expressing to all students in a relate-able way.