Flocabulary- Educational Music Videos to Boost Students Learning

Flocabulary is a learning platform that makes use of music and rap videos to boost students’ learning across different subject areas and grades. Flocabulary offers various lessons and training activities including Vocab Cards, Vocab Games and Lyric Lab to help K-12 student master standards and build interdisciplinary academic vocabulary.

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Flocabulary, which is on our list of the best vocabulary sites for students, allows teachers to create their own classes, invite students and start optimal learning experiences. Teachers can assign activities, assess students ‘work, provide timely feedback, and monitor students’ learning progress.

How do you use Flocabulary with your students?

Flocabulary offers a wide range of lessons covering different subject areas. There is also a teacher resources section where teachers can access useful teaching materials, including additional print resources, standard-adjusted information, and an overview of each lesson. Flocabulary lessons include the following activities:

A video

Each lesson begins with a video that introduces students to the topic of the lesson and familiarizes them with the vocabulary and academic content of the lesson using rap / hip-hop music. Videos come with a number of useful features including lyrics, quick review and discussion mode.

When students click Lyrics button below the video they will be able to read the text of the video. Vocabulary words are highlighted in blue and students can click on them to retrieve the vocabulary card for any word.

Quick review (currently only available in old videos, new videos include Discuss mode) provides students with comprehension questions to check their understanding of the video. Students can review the questions, discuss answers with each other and click on Show Answer to see the correct answer.

Discuss condition includes calls and questions throughout the video to engage students in discussions and help them explore different perspectives on the topic. Questions are marked with yellow circles along the video timeline. ‘The question automatically appears on the bottom screen. You can then lead a class discussion around the prompt using strategies such as popcorn questions, turn and talk, the Socrative method or just encourage volunteers to share. ‘

Watch this video to learn more about using Flocabulary Video

B) Vocab card

The Vocabulary Map section is where students learn about new words and practice using them in different learning contexts. Each lesson contains individual cards with vocabulary words related to the topic of the lesson. When students click on one of these vocabulary cards, they will be able to access the definition of the word, syllable and an illustrative example.

Vocab cards give students two opportunities to practice vocabulary learning ‘Write with this Word‘and’Draw‘, both of these functions are located below the vocabulary card. When students click on ‘Write with this word’, they will be given an empty space where they can write example sentences that demonstrate understanding of the word. The ‘Draw’ option allows students to create a visual representation of the word using the tools provided (eg a pen, shapes, lines, text, etc.).

As a teacher, you can customize the Vocab Card activities and select specific words to be assigned to the students. You can track students’ assignments in the assignment section of your classes. You can see who has filled in the cards and access the students’ written and drawn answers. You can also rate their passes and give feedback on each card. Watch this video to learn more about Vocab Card.

C) Vocab Game

The Vocab game is a drag and drop activity that allows students to practice learned vocabulary. ‘Students build a beat by identifying pictures, completing sentences, matching definitions and choosing synonyms for the vocabulary words of the lesson.’ Watch this video to learn more about Vocab Game.

D) Read and answer

Read & Answer activity is where students get to practice and develop their reading skills and improve their reading comprehension. Students are given a short piece to read and are asked to answer comprehension questions. When students submit their answers, Flocabulary automatically rates them and provides immediate feedback. Watch this video to learn more about Read & Answer activity.

E) Quiz

Quiz assesses students’ understanding of the vocabulary words in the video. ‘Each quiz contains multiple-choice questions and is automatically graded to provide students and teachers with instant feedback on their understanding of vocabulary words.’ Watch this video to learn more about the Flocabulary Quiz.

F) Lyric Lab

Lyric Lab is a closing activity where students are provided with vocabulary words from the lesson and encouraged to make their own rhymes using the learned academic vocabulary. ‘There is also a built-in rhyme dictionary and a beats library so students can practice rapping their rhymes over a beat. Finally, students can also download their written rhymes – a great way to show students’ learning and students’ voices! ‘ Watch this video to learn more about Lyric Lab.

How to create a task on Flocabulary?

Teachers can easily create assignments to send to students. Assignments can help students practice key vocabulary and build toward mastery. To create a task on Flocabulary:

  • Choose a lesson from the Flocabulary Library
  • Click Assign in the upper left corner
  • You can choose a single class, multiple classes or specific students to share the assignment with.
  • Click Select Activities and Dates
  • Select the activity you want to assign (eg Video, Vocab Card, Vocab Game, Read & Answer, Quiz and / or Lyric Lab)
  • Select a due date ad, click Create Task.
  • Students can access the assignment from their Flocabulary account.
Watch this video to learn more about creating a task on Flocabulary.

Assessment of students’ assignments in Flocabulary

While Flocabulary offers access to five activities, only two of these activities (ie Vocab Cards and Lyric Lab) need to be manually assessed by teachers. The activities Vocab Game, Read & Answer and Quiz are all assessed automatically. Watch this video to learn more about reviewing assignments in Flocabulary.

Flocabulary lessons

The Flocabulary Lesson Library offers a wide range of prefabricated lessons covering: Mathematics, Social Sciences, Science, Language Arts, Vocabulary, Life Skills and Current Events.

A) Mathematics teaching

Flocabulary brings math lessons to life with engaging video content. Selected lessons cover the following areas: addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, numbers and operations, expressions and equations, geometry and measurement, statistics and probability, ratios and proportional relations.

B) Science lessons

Science lessons cover the following areas: Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, Technology and Engineering and Scientific Practice.

C) Social studies teaching

Social studies lessons are arranged in the following categories: Ancient world, modern world history, American history, social studies, geography, historical figures, holidays, economics, historical practice and news topics.

D) Language art

The language arts section contains lessons that cover four key areas: reading and writing, grammar, research and study skills, and literature.

E) Vocabulary lessons

Vocabulary lessons help students learn and practice vocabulary words across different topics. Lessons include: SAT Vocabulary Lessons, Word Up Indigo, Word Up Turkoise, Word Up Grape, Word Up Peach, Word Up Orange and more.

F) Lessons in life skills

Life skills lessons include videos designed to help students develop key competencies in the following areas: Racial and social justice, social and emotional learning, health and well-being, and financial understanding.

G) Current events

Current Events contains stories of current world events that teachers can use in class to engage students in fruitful discussions using critical and analytical thinking skills. Stories are organized into two main categories: Week in Rap and Week in Rap Junior.


What is Flocabulary Mix?

Flocabulafry Mix allows students to engage in a deeper analysis of Flocabulary videos. An important analytical activity included in the Flocabulary Mix is ​​called Break It Down, an activity designed specifically to help students boost their comprehension strategies and develop ‘evidence gathering habits’. Watch this video to learn more about Flocabulary Mix.

How much does Flocabulary cost?

Flocabulary offers two types of subscriptions: an individual curriculum (Lite), which costs $ 11.50 / month, billed annually, and a school and district plan (Flocabulary Plus), which offers customized rates.

Post updated in May 2022


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