If you teach third through eighth grade, no matter what subject, have I got a recommendation for you: check out Flocabulary! Flocabulary is a subscription-based website that offers you and your students access to incredibly engaging music videos (often hip-hop, but it varies) in a wide variety of concepts. Students can learn about everything from verbs to fractions to Martin Luther King, Jr. through Flocabulary’s extensive collection. Social Studies teachers in particular will love Flocabulary’s “Week in Rap” videos that bring current events into the classroom in a fun way.
To get a taste of what Flocabulary’s videos are like, check out their Youtube Channel. Or, for a quick taste, watch the video below, which focuses on figurative language. Is it just me, or is virtually every line of that song pure genius in terms of how it explains and then immediately demonstrates various writing techniques?