75 Days of Flocabulary for Free? Yeeaaaah Boooooooy!

What time is it? Time to sign up for a 75 day free trial of  Flocabulary.

Here is something guaranteed to chase the winter blues out of your classroom. Check out full access to Flocabulary.com for the next 75 days for FREE!

Flocabulary is fabulous for building academic vocabulary in all of the core academic domains through high quality animated rap songs whose lyrics and concepts stick with kids.

Beyond the core subjects Flocab is expanding with some great coding and computer science videos as well as a life skills series featuring financial literacy and social emotional learning.

There is also no better way to cap a Friday than with the weekly “Week in Rap” and “Week in Rap Jr.” current event videos.

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Ferris Bueller Chimes In On Merriam-Webster’s “Word Of The Year”

A person should not believe in an ism. He should believe in himself. ~ Ferris Bueller

It’s that time of year when Merriam-Webster declares its “Word Of The Year”. And what word generated the most traffic through the online dictionary this year? Well, none really.

This year Webster went with the suffix “-ism” due to the amount of searches for words like racism, terrorism, and fascism.

Proving once again that almost everything you really need to know can come from an 80’s movie, the philosopher Ferris Bueller chimes in from 30 years ago on our newly minted “Word Of The Year”.

And that is the last word on that.

Flocabulary Offers Free 90 Day Trial

Flocabulary free trialFlocabulary is one of the tools we are using at Blue Star Elementary to engage students in boosting their academic vocabulary. It combines catchy hip hop music videos with all kinds of concepts from parts to speech to the Solar System to habits for being safe online.

The company is currently hosting a free 90 day trial for teachers. That is a great way to get through the rest of the Winter doldrums while infusing a little funk and fun into your pedagogy.

Check out the trial and then check out this sample of Flocabulary’s take on order of operations.

Use Google Slides as an online Academic Vocabulary Notebook

In Hamilton, part of our district and building improvement process includes increasing student academic vocabulary capacity.

John Marzano has laid out six steps for teachers to follow when introducing new content-specific words.


Marzano’s six steps  – fhsdvocabulary.pbworks.com

In my elementary technology classes, third and fourth graders are performing step 4 now in Google Drive with a digital notebook.  All I did was adapt one of Marzano’s notebook templates and created it in Google Slides. I made the deck public and kids created their own copies and shared them with me.

Kids write the definition in their own words, they rate their understanding of the word, and also find a non-linguistic representation of the word. The template I created makes it really easy for the kids to add and record their knowledge of the words.

Doing it this way takes advantage of all of the benefits of Google documents like ubiquitous access and sharing.

Find and create a copy of the slide deck here.  Feel free to use it and share it.

Academic Vocabulary Template
Academic Vocabulary Template