When I first started teaching, I found these “Flocabulary” guys. This was in 2008. I happened upon their Week in Rap (news of the week summarized in a rap song) and 500 SAT vocabulary word rap book. I used both; my students loved them. I, too, was hooked. It was free at the time – bonus 🙂 Fortunately, but unfortunately, they have become so successful, they now charge for their goodies. (Unfortunately because we pay, but fortunately, because with pay, the value and number of resources has increased). Anyway, in two words: Worth it!
Backstory: Blake Harrison (co-founder), in high school, wondered why kids could memorize rap song lyrics, but not vocabulary words. He figured if a rapper could rap SAT vocabulary, students would have a fun and effective way to remember the words. He then studied English at the University of Pennsylvania before moving out to San Francisco. There he met Alex Rappaport, musician and producer. Blake mentioned his idea of an SAT vocabulary rap, to which Alex responded, “Let’s do it.” And Flocabulary was born! See the whole story and meet the entire team here: About Flocabulary
If you want to try it out, view some of their videos, and see their effect on students, you can get a two week trial. If you like it, you can then purchase a subscription by classroom, school, or district. I chose classroom. This is either $7/month or $63 for the year (12 month access).
Besides the Week in Rap they offer songs and videos (that come with printable lyrics, tests, answer keys, challenge questions, fill in the blank forms, CCSS alignment) in: Vocabulary, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Math (ranging from grades K-12). Each area is further broken down: Example – Language Arts has Reading and Writing, Grammar, Literature, K-2 Stories, and Research and Study Skills. Each of these categories is broken down further for specific videos. They even have one for suffixes!!! Used this just today with our roots worksheets.
Some grammar selections:
PS – the videos are around 2- 3 minutes each. They vary, but not too long at all.
Anyway, here’s how it works: Flocabulary – How it Works
Here are the pricing plans: Flocabulary Pricing Plans
Go get your Flocab on! Start your two week trial now!
*And don’t forget to show the Week in Rap – excellent way to get your students aware of what is going on outside their egocentric circles! Spark some conversation, some debate, some good old awareness 🙂