Originally posted January 2015
Have you ever noticed how some of your students struggle to remember certain information in class, but they can recite lyrics to their favorite songs with ease? Have you ever considered using their music to help them remember the concepts you have taught them? That is the idea behind Flocabulary.com! They have created videos using music with an urban groove to cover lots of classroom topics. Richmond has purchased accounts for all of the teachers in our district. If you need more reasons to try it, here they are!
1. Children remember lyrics to songs they can move to and will find the songs catchy. The rhyme and rhythm of the songs will allow your students to easily sing along with the videos. You will notice by the second viewing that quite a few of your students are singing right along.
2. The videos appeal to students with different learning styles. Although the songs will be catchy to most students, the videos will also help visual learners. The lyrics appear on the screen throughout the song and many of the images in the video tie in to the concepts being reviewed in the videos.
3. Flocabulary videos have activities and assessments available to teachers. Use the additional resources provided to check for understanding.
4. Easy to find topics. You can easily search the Flocabulary site for videos that are related to the objectives you are teaching in your classroom.
5. Extend the experience by assigning a writing lesson in which students can create their own lesson in rhyme. Increase their engagement by allowing them to try to rap their lesson over original Flocabulary beats!
Visit the Flocabulary site to get started.Richmond teachers, click here when you are ready to create your account. Remember to use your RPS email.
I'm Natalie Davis, an ITRT in Richmond, VA. I taught first, second, and third graders in Richmond for 12 years before becoming an ITRT. I truly enjoy finding useful ways to breathe new life into lessons by integrating technology to help students achieve their learning goals. I am passionate about closing the digital divide by teaching our children to be consumers and creators of technology.