Common Sense Review
Updated May 2014

Flocabulary: Math

Catchy raps grab kids' attention from the first "one-two, one-two"
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Common Sense Rating 4
  • A variety of math topics are addressed
  • The subtopics under Numbers and Operations each have a song and video.
  • The place-value video has links to associated challenge questions, fill in the blanks, and printables.
  • Here's an example of a printable practice sheet for place value.
  • A money song explores the value of coins and bills.
Mieke VanderBorght
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

Flocabulary's math lessons are best for introducing new concepts, or for helping kids memorize difficult mathematical rules (like multiplication tables or the order of operations). Kids could explore the site on their own, but without a way to track or assess progress, it's best used as a whole-class activity. After showing videos, discuss the songs and offer kids some further explanation of the topic. Alternatively, use Flocabulary simply to inspire. Working through a new unit with challenging concepts or vocabulary? Have your students work together to write a catchy tune that teaches a concept to the class. As kids learn, the song's refrains are especially helpful for fun -- yet rote -- memorization.

Be sure to spend a few minutes looking through all the math topics to find ones that are appropriate for your class; not all are matched perfectly with the appropriate age group. For example, a basic introduction to money is listed under grades 5-8 but could easily be used with second-graders. And while most of the songs are clear and age-appropriate, some of the key terms could be too complex for certain age groups. Last, while not all kids love hip-hop, most of the songs here are clever enough to have broad appeal.

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