Common Sense Reviewer
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.Read More Read Less
What's inside Flocabulary
Flocabulary: The Week in RapThese timely rhymes help jazz up your current-events lessonsCommon Sense Rating 4Teacher Rating 5English Language Arts, Social StudiesGrade 5-12
Flocabulary: VocabularyWhip-smart hip-hop songs offer enriched vocab instructionCommon Sense Rating 4Teacher Rating 5English Language ArtsGrade 2-12
Flocabulary: Social Studies“Don’t know much about history” no longer applies with these rhymesCommon Sense Rating 4Teacher Rating 4English Language Arts, Social StudiesGrade 5-12
Flocabulary: ScienceHip-hop beats make heads bop, but science content might notCommon Sense Rating 3Teacher Rating 4ScienceGrade 6-12
Flocabulary: Language ArtsAdd a beat and a rhyme to students' language arts learningCommon Sense Rating 4Teacher Rating 5English Language ArtsGrade 2-12
Flocabulary: MathCatchy raps grab kids' attention from the first "one-two, one-two"Common Sense Rating 4Teacher Rating 4MathGrade K-8
See how teachers are using Flocabulary
- Great way to introduce math concepts in an engaging way!4October 28, 2015
Create an Alternate Resolution: Short Story LessonEnglish Language ArtsGrade 7Lisa M.
Tamanend Middle School
Warrington, PA5 steps
February 2, 2016