Martin Luther King Jr. DayHonor Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Flocabulary's Martin Luther King Jr. video and lesson plan. Students will define and explain key words and phrases from King's "I Have a Dream" speech and then write original raps about their own dreams for the world. Continue studying King's famous speech with Flocabulary's civil rights video and lesson plan that sends students on a scavenger hunt for figurative language through the speech text.
New Year's Traditions and ResolutionsWelcome 2016 by learning about New Year's traditions from around the world with the Week in Rap Junior, Flocabulary's current events video for grades K to 5, and our accompanying lesson plan that combines social studies, research and writing. Students will research New Year's traditions from different countries and invent their own tradition. They'll also reflect on their proudest moments from the last year and goals for the upcoming year to write individual New Year's resolutions.
Subway Superman and Context CluesTen years ago this January, Wesley Autrey earned the nickname Subway Superman when he jumped onto the New York City subway tracks to save a stranger’s life. In this Common Core-aligned lesson plan, middle school students will build their vocabulary skills as they watch a Flocabulary Word Up video and read newspaper articles about Autrey. At the end of the lesson, students will write their own news article about a real-life hero that uses new vocabulary words and context clues to help their readers
The State of the UnionThis State of the Union lesson plan uses word cloud technology to analyze the president's annual speech. Students will use the Week in Rap to learn more about the content of up to four past State of the Union speeches and explore how the key issues have changed and/or remained the same.
Learn More Vocabulary this Year!It's been proven that increased vocabulary means increased reading skills. So a new year means a new opportunity to refresh your direct vocabulary instruction. Use our vocabulary songs and videos for grades K-8, plus SAT vocabulary, to provide vocab enrichment for your class. Don't have time for all the songs? Use a few, or play these vocabulary mini games with the vocab you're already using.
It's Cold OutsideHow cold? Express the extent of your frigidity with this hot/cold simile game. And in winter, it can be hard to find excuses to get outside. Use this interactive scientific method lesson plan to encourage students to experiment outdoors.
Black History MonthEach February, we observe Black History Month to remember important people and events in black history. To help you teach students about these influential moments and figures, we’ve compiled relevant Flocabulary units and lesson plans in one place.
These units and resources are free through the end of February and include our elementary lesson plan on Ruby Bridges, 3-8th grade lesson on Martin Luther King Jr, middle school lesson plan on the Voting Rights Act and Selma March, "I Have a Dream" Speech Analysis lesson and Civil Rights Movement lesson.
Other important Black History events this month include:
Feb. 1: Langston Hughes's birthday
Feb. 3: The ratification of the 15th Amendment
Feb. 4: Rosa Parks's birthday
Feb. 17: Frederick Douglass's birthday
Feb. 21: The assassination of Malcolm X
National Inventors' DayFebruary 11 is National Inventors' Day in honor of one of the world's most famous inventors: Thomas Edison. Celebrate Edison's birthday and learn about the process of inventing with this cross-curricular lesson plan. Students will read informational text about Edison's biography and current electricity. They'll discuss the invention of the light bulb, what problem it solved and what the inventors of the light bulb had to think about, know and discover. They'll also learn about the traits that help inventors like Thomas Edison to succeed.
Building Empathy and Random Acts of Kindness WeekCelebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week February 2-18, and have your students practice putting themselves in someone else's shoes with this Building Empathy lesson plan. Students will watch Flocabulary's Building Empathy video and practice identifying how others are feeling and reaching out and helping peers in different scenarios.
Presidents' DayWe celebrate Presidents' Day on the third Monday of February. This Presidents' Day, learn the history and purpose of this federal holiday with our new Presidents' Day video. You can also review all 45 Presidents, learn about the Presidential Election Process and dive into civics topics, too.
The "Even and Odd" MonthFebruary is the oddest month...and the “even-est!” Thanks to the leap year, February earns its title as the only month to have both an even and odd number of days. Use this elementary math lesson plan, along with our songs about even and odd numbers, to help students identify “evens" and "odds" in everyday life. Students will discover how “even and odd” their class is with an interactive game.
Chinese New YearGong Hey Fat Choy! Celebrate the Chinese New Year on February 8, 2016 with our song about ancient China, song about modern China and an amazing translation of Hip-Hop U.S. History into Chinese.
Valentine's DayWhy should you study abstract nouns on Valentine’s Day? Because love is the most abstract noun of them all! Use your students’ favorite love songs to review abstract nouns with this lesson plan. Remind students that there are many kinds of love, besides romantic love, to celebrate on Valentine’s Day! Use these videos to celebrate all different kinds of love all month long:
Songs about romantic love
Daylight Saving TimeMarch marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, when we turn our clocks ahead an hour to make better use of the sun's natural light. Use this an opportunity to explore the properties of light with our video and Next Generation Science Standards-aligned lesson plan. Students will follow the steps of the Scientific Method to conduct an investigation that will determine the effects of placing objects of different materials in the path of light. Will the objects block light? Will they let light pass through? Will they reflect it? Students will make predictions, record their data and write a summary of their conclusions.
March Math MadnessBring March Madness into math class with this middle and high school lesson plan. This Common Core-aligned lesson provides an engaging real-world application for statistics: comparing basketball teams. After watching our Mean, Median & Mode video, students will review the steps of statistics. They will collect, analyze and interpret data on two teams set to meet in the NCAA tournament. They’ll organize their data on a poster that includes a dot chart for each team, as well as measures like the mean, median, mode and range of points scored this season. They'll discuss what the data means in a presentation to the class. Extend the learning with a quick review of probability, and have students discuss just how small the odds are of having a perfect bracket!
Women's History Month: Past, Present and FutureIn March, we celebrate Women’s History Month to honor women’s historical and contemporary achievements. Watch our video about the history of women's rights and our recent Week in Rap videos featuring Malala Yousafzai and Maya Angelou. Use our accompanying lesson plan that asks students to draw connections between past and present women’s rights advocates. Students will then research a modern-day figure of their choosing and help document women’s history by writing their own academic rhymes. Continue your study of women’s history with our lesson plan that asks students to research and create skits set during key moments in the fight for women’s rights, from the French Revolution to the Modern Era. Also, learn more about suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the 19th Amendment, inspired by her legacy.
The First Day of SpringNo matter what the groundhog says, March means the first day of spring has arrived. Celebrate spring’s regrowth with our elementary science video about the parts of a plant and our accompanying interdisciplinary lesson plan. Students will learn the name and function of each part of a plant and then use key vocabulary to sketch and write a story from the point of view of a plant or an object in the plant’s habitat.
Pi DayMarch 14th is Pi Day! Why? When that date is written out in its numerical form, 3.14, it is the first 3 digits of a very popular mathematical number: Pi! To celebrate, listen to our Circle song, which teaches how to use pi to calculate circumference and area. Then celebrate further with these Pi Day activities.
Beware the Ides of MarchCaesar was warned to "Beware the Ides of March," which is March 15. Use this day as an opportunity to brush up on your Julius Caesar with our original-language and modern-language Julius Caesar songs.
High-Stakes Testing BeginsDon't be stressed by the tests! As high-stakes testing season begins, help your students prepare with our Test-Taking Vocabulary video, and interdisciplinary lesson plan.
Earth DayCelebrate Earth Day this April 22 with videos and lesson plans for all grade levels. Use our elementary lesson plan with our science video on reducing, re-using and recycling to help students identify ways they can use the “3 R’s” to improve the environment. Middle and high school students can watch Mother Earth croon in our environmental change video and use our accompanying lesson plan to analyze news articles about the topic from sources like the Week in Rap.
Also for middle and high school students, Earth returns as a rapper in our video about the solar system, “Confessions of a Planet.” Pair the video with our lesson plan where students will research and write their own raps from the perspective of another planet.
National Poetry MonthSpring has inspired poets from Emily Dickinson to E.E. Cummings…to Kanye West. This April, celebrate National Poetry Month by having students write rhyming poems and raps using our Writing Academic Rhymes lesson sequence. Introduce students to poetry with our What Is Poetry? unit, sharpen their skills crafting similes and metaphors with our Figurative Language video, and encourage them to weave figurative language into their rhymes like the greats.
National Financial Literacy MonthTake your students’ financial literacy far beyond “a penny saved is a penny earned” with our collection of financial literacy videos that teaches key skills like budgeting, creating a plan to pay for college and using credit wisely. Each video is complemented by printable activity worksheets that give students hands-on practice applying the skills they learn in a fun and concrete way. Check out our blog post for more ideas about how to incorporate financial literacy into your classroom.
Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!If you want to celebrate Shakespeare every day, our Shakespeare songs and videos will do the trick at any time. But we have a few activities specifically for the Bard's birthday as well as lessons that specifically adapt Shakespeare for elementary school.
It's Still Testing SeasonSome teachers review key terms. Others review key terms with our test-taking vocabulary song. And still others dance in crazy flash mobs and rap to get their kids motivated for testing. Get inspired with these incredible examples of teachers motivating students.
Tax DayCome April 15th, students are certain to hear their parents and teachers grumbling about taxes. Instead of saying, "Don't worry about it until you're older," use this day to help students understand the basics of taxes with our percentages song.
Anniversary of the Letter from Birmingham JailOne of our favorite pieces of writing of all time, Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail," was written on April 16, 1963. Watch our Civil Rights video and figurative language video for background, and then read it with your class. You'll be inspired.
Memorial DayCelebrate Memorial Day and learn the history of the holiday with Flocabulary's Memorial Day unit. Students will learn about Memorial Day traditions and symbols and ways to honor fallen soldiers on this important holiday.
Review for Final ExamsFinal exam season is upon us! Help your students prepare with our Test-Taking Vocabulary video, and interdisciplinary lesson plan. Students will use Flocabulary videos on any subject they choose to review material for upcoming exams and then practice writing and answering test questions for their peers using the vocab from the Test-Taking video.
"May" as a Helping VerbMay is known for Memorial Day, Space Day, Mother's Day...and now, as the only month that's also a helping verb! Celebrate this take on "may" with Flocabulary's Helping Verbs video and ELA lesson plan about helping verbs. Students will learn to differentiate between main verbs and helping verbs and write sentences using both. They'll also explain how helping verbs change the tense and meaning of sentences.
Asian-Pacific American Heritage MonthThis month, we commemorate Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Learn about aspects of ancient and modern Asian history with Flocabulary's Ancient China, Ancient India, Middle Ages: Asia and Modern China songs. Students can then broaden their knowledge by researching another country in Asia or the Pacific Islands and writing an academic rhyme about its ancient or modern history.
It's Spring!April showers bring May flowers... and a whole lot of student distraction. Here are 10 ways to use Flocabulary at the end of the school year to keep your students alert, engaged and educated.
Memorial DayIf you're still in school around Memorial Day, use our World War I and World War II videos to remember those who have given their lives for their country.
The Last 18 Years in RapAt the end of each school year, we honor the newest crop of grads with The Last 18 Years in Rap. Look out for the newest one at the end of this month or beginning of June, and use one of these mini lessons to teach it. You can find our most recent edition here.
SMART Summer GoalsPrepare your students for a productive summer break with our social and emotional learning video and accompanying lesson plan about setting SMART goals. Students will use the steps from the video to brainstorm and set goals for the summer. They’ll then work with partners to assess their goals and ensure that they’re Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Timely. Extensions include creating a sample summer daily schedule that builds in time to work on their goals.
"I Spy" with AdjectivesGet students exercising their ELA skills during the final days of school with our adjectives video and lesson plan that puts a spin on the classic game of “I Spy.” Students will describe objects they “spy” in the classroom with single adjectives, and their partners will earn points based on how many adjectives they need to guess the object.
Math Facts ChallengeWrap up the year with a math challenge using our multiplication and division challenge raps that provide practice multiplying and dividing numbers by 0-10. The videos are set up as games with multiple rounds of math problems and pauses between questions for students to call out the answers. Students can play in teams of two or small groups, and the first team to call out or write down the correct answer can earn a point. The winning team can then pick another Flocab video to watch as a class!
Flocab JeopardyKeep the end-of-year competition going by having students help create a Flocabulary Jeopardy game to play as a class, using Flocabulary challenge and quiz questions as the game content. Students can come up with Jeopardy category names—whether academic, like “Ancient World History,” and/or original, like “Songs that Mention Dogs.” Students can then browse the challenge questions and quiz questions from Flocabulary videos to find and compile questions that fit into the categories.
Don't Let the Learning StopDon't want to just send the kids off with some summer reading? Here are 10 summer activities or assignments that will make them want to learn while the school year is out.
Social Media + Learning = Fun End-of-Year ProjectUse Twitter and Facebook (or fake versions!) as an engaging way to wrap up the year. These social media lesson plans span all subjects.
The Last 18 Years in RapAt the end of each school year, we honor the newest crop of grads with The Last 18 Years in Rap. You can find our most recent edition here. And you can use one of these mini lessons to teach it!
ELL Summer AssignmentIdioms can be hard to understand, and especially difficult if English is not your first language. Assign our Idiom song and lesson to your ELL students over the summer, and ask them to keep a log of idioms they encounter. They'll be even more prepared to take on the quirks of the English language next year!
Go on a Literacy Scavenger HuntGet your summer school students learning outdoors with this literacy scavenger hunt. They'll find ways to learn all over town.
Stay Up-to-Date on Current EventsDid you know that The Week in Rap continues throughout the summer? Tune in each Friday to get all the news that's fit to rap.
Independence DayTake a moment to review why we take July 4th to watch fireworks with our Declaration of Independence song.
The Anniversary of the Zip CodeJuly 1st marks the Zip Code's golden birthday. Use this numerical day to have your students review addition, subtraction, multiplication and division for all the numbers in their zip code.
Summer ShakespeareUse summer to give students a taste of Shakespeare with our Much Ado About Nothing video. (Shakespeare raps on the hook. You don't want to miss it.) For extension, use this Much Ado About NothingLesson.
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