Common Sense Review
Updated May 2014

Flocabulary: Social Studies

“Don’t know much about history” no longer applies with these rhymes
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This module is part of the Website Flocabulary.
Common Sense Rating 4
  • From the site’s homepage, click on the Social Studies link.
  • Many of the units include thought-provoking discussion questions.
  • The “Writing Academic Rhymes” guide could inspire reluctant students.
  • the videos are smart, engaging, and have interactive lyrics.
  • The four unit options offer a wide range of content.
Amy Lauren Botula
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

Flocabulary's History songs can make a great complement to your history lessons. The U.S. History, Ancient World History, Modern World History, and Civics units all have printable lyrics, online exercises, and recommended extensions. Units are broadly assigned to the 5-12 grade band, so teachers will have to do some differentiation. But with the variety of categories, it’s easy to find a topic that will fit into your curriculum. Flocabulary’s music videos, and the accompanying activities, could be used as pre-assessments, introductions to units, or even post-assessments. You could also assign students specific videos to initiate or support research projects -- they could work independently, or in groups.

In addition, high school teachers in particular may want to have students write and film their own academic hip-hop songs. Using students' videos as part of a post-assessment portfolio could be a great way to gauge learning. Furthermore, this could even help students meet some of the Common Core speaking standards.

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