Help students think critically...
In an organized way.
Each Flocabulary video has unique printable exercises and handouts that you can find in the Teacher's Guide, just to the right of the video.
In addition to those video-specific resources, the following organizers will help your students dive deep into the subject.
Each unit page opens to a song or video at the heart of the Flocabulary program. Below it, you'll find lyrics to each song. Begin by listening to the song or watching the video. Afterward, click on the lyrics to display more information about lines in the song. Students can read these infoboxes out loud or study them for homework, and take notes using the note-taking chart. On each video page, under "Printable Activities and Assessments," you'll also see the option to print out the infoboxes specific to the video. This printout has a designated column on the right for students to take notes on the infoboxes.
Or, divide the song into sections and assign each student or group to become experts on that section. This could mean that the students study the pop-out infoboxes or that they do additional research. Then, have each expert student or group present to their fellow students, who take notes with the note-taking chart.
"Thinking About Your Thinking" Handout
What's your opinion? Get students thinking about their opinions on the topics in your class. Then they can share their views through a short argumentative piece or a more official editorial. Use this handout to help students organize their thoughts.
Due to the scaffolding nature of many states' curricula, many students have prior knowledge about a subject. Begin your units by activating this prior knowledge with a KWL chart. Students can recall what they know and help define their search for knowledge by posing questions. And this will also help you modify your instruction based on your students' knowledge and interests.
Comparing and contrasting is a key skill that helps students analyze and make connections between topics and deepen their understanding. Have students compare and contrast story elements like plot and theme, historical time periods, scientific theories and literary genres that they learn about in Flocabulary videos with this Venn diagram. You can also have students compare and contrast the experience of learning about a topic through video or another medium to the experience of learning about it through text.
Continuity and Change Chart
The study of history is about more than just learning what happened and when. Have students make connections to the past and analyze events in context with this handout. Students will classify events as examples of continuity and/or change by finding and recording evidence and examples. You might assign this as pre-writing for a longer essay or as preparation for a debate. You can use the chart with any of our history units and with the Week in Rap, too.
Argument from Evidence
Engaging in arguments from evidence is a key practice of science and of writing across content areas. Students can outline their claims and the evidence supporting them with this graphic organizer. Use this handout as pre-writing for an essay or preparation for a debate. Have students engage in arguments about topics related to any of our science units or with science news covered in the Week in Rap.
Designing an Experiment
Scientific experiments help us to better understand the natural world and require careful, systematic planning through the steps of the scientific method. In this graphic organizer, students will design an experiment based on observations and/or prior research. They'll ask a scientific question, identify their variables, outline their procedure and record their real or imagined findings. Science is ongoing, so their experiment will end with questions for further research and next steps.