Flocabulary 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.
Thanks to Ben Rimes for sharing this great resource from the Boston Globe. These pictures are fabulous to use as writing prompts, story starters, and non-verbal representations of academic vocabulary words. I am putting them to use today.
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.
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.