Friday, August 21, 2015

Flocabulary Is Really Rocking This School Year.....And It Starts with "This Week In Rap Junior"!

I was very excited to open an email from my friends at Flocabulary today...especially when I saw that it was for a brand new program just for our elementary students.  

It is called The Week In Rap Junior!  
I love that now our youngest learners can also learn with the amazing videos created by Flocabulary.
The Week in Rap Junior connects age-appropriate news stories to elementary science and social studies curricula and promotes development of core skills like reading, writing and critical thinking for students in grades K-5.

Each week, the series will offer students a new hip-hop video, standards-based exercises, a creative challenge - and the chance for a shout-out in an upcoming video!
Like all of the units - activities each week include quick review questions, interactive lyrics (that offer more info on each news story!) fill in the blanks, a quiz and great printable activities like this one for the August 14th edition of the Week in Rap Junior! 
They have the full update on the series in this Flocabulary blog post, and first few editions of the new series are available free here (pictured above).
And there are a few more updates I just have to share with all of you!
There are nearly 100 new videos (plus activities & quizzes ) since last school year!

Over the last year, they have added new units across the content library, with some of their latest releases supporting new subjects like social & emotional learning and geography. 
Social & Emotional Learning... This subject is a recent addition to the Life Skills subject with units on topics like bullying and managing frustration. 

They are continuing to add more resources in coming months on topics including teaching empathy, active listening, and more! 

Here’s a link to the Social & Emotional Learning units:
Geography....The subject expanded this summer with units for teaching concepts like longitude and latitude, themes of geography and landforms, with additional titles coming this fall! 

You can find the Geography units here:
And check out these new features for planning, differentiation and intervention!

Last month, they announced new features to help educators use Flocabulary to check student comprehension and plan instruction. 
The new features include online student assessments plus updated dashboards for teachers with reports to view student learning trends. 
One of my favorite places to go on Flocabulary are the activities for all of the big and small events for each month. 
As we start back to school, don't forget to check out the Flocab, Month by Month for August and Back To School time. 

These are just a few of the reasons that Flocabulary is one of my favorite educational resources. 

And I am not alone. 96% of teachers believe Flocabulary increases engagement in school (and more!) In fact, they just published results from a survey of teachers that use our resources at least once per week - and results show why educators choose Flocabulary too.
You can try out Flocabulary for 45-days with this free trial, sharing it with every teacher and administrator within your school.  

Make Flocabulary a part of the learning within your library and classroom this year.  You will see how it increases achievement across the curriculum, engages learners like never before, and brings a whole lot of fun to learning.  

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