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Ms. Scheele from Burien WA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Flocabulary: Music to Make Learning Magical and Make it Stick!

My students need educational hip-hop songs and videos to learn core subjects in a fun and engaging way! Plus great science articles!

  • $266 goal

This project expired on December 20, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My classroom is located in Washington state at a Title One school. Students at my school are hardworking, kind, eager individuals. Many students are first and second generation citizens from Africa, South America, and Asia. About forty-two percent of students qualify for English Language Learner services, but up to fifty percent of students speak a language other than English in the home. Our differing cultures, backgrounds, economic statuses and languages provide richness in the classroom, but we also face challenges. One challenge is that we are incredibly underfunded. At our school, eighty-three percent of our students qualify for free or reduced-price school lunch.

There are so many experiences and learning opportunities I wish I could have with our students if only I had the means.

My Project

Why is it that most people can remember songs from 20 years ago but not how to find the area of a triangular prism? There are many theories to explain why this is. It might be all to do with how your brain processes audible information. Scientist Max Planck from the Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, suggests lyrics are processed separately from music once in the brain. Lyrics might come easily to mind is because we bombard our memory with them. Another reason lyrics often stick is that they can be related to strong emotions. Finally, lyrics can come effortlessly to mind because they are part motor memory. I want to take advantage of people remembering lyrics by bringing them into the classroom to learn math, reading, writing, science, and social studies content. I want to use the program Flocabulary to do just this.

Flocabulary is a learning program for all grades that uses educational hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement across the curriculum.

By using the awesome program Flocabulary we will learn, enjoys, and rock out to songs that help us learn and practice important concepts and topics. Of teachers that use Flocabulary

in their classrooms at least once a week: 90%

believe Flocabulary increases critical thinking; 97%

believe Flocabulary increases retention; 96%

believe Flocabulary increases achievement overall; 89% believe their students work harder on all subjects because of Flocabulary. 99% report that students voluntarily participate in Flocabulary activities (vs 72.8% for non-Flocab activities). These are great results! I want these for my students! My kids deserve this program. Thank you in advance for helping make this a reality. We appreciate your support.

I'm also asking for some subscriptions to a great science magazine for kids. This will help students be engaged :)

Ms. Scheele
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Lite license to Flocabulary and The Week in Rap • https://www.flocabulary.com/ $96.00 1 $96.00
SuperScience, Grades 3 - 6 (min. 10 subscriptions per order) - 8 Issues / Min. 10 Subscriptions / Grades 3–6 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $7.49 10 $74.90

Materials cost

$170.90

Vendor shipping charges

$7.49

State sales tax

$14.95

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.56

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$225.90

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$39.86

Total project goal

$265.76

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$265.76

1 Donor

-$177.16

Donations toward project cost

-$150.59

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$26.57

match offer

-$88.60

Match offer toward project cost

-$75.31

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$13.29

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$0.00

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