By Common Core
Science Fusion Benchmark
Issues for Struggling Readers (Pinnell and Fountas, 2009)
  1. Lack content knowledge and background experience for understanding words.
  2. Cannot build on a strong foundation of Tier 1 and Tier 2 words.
  3. Do not have ability to read a large number of Tier 1 and 2 words easily and so cannot understand the language and content enough to take on technical words.
  4. Have difficulty learning even with instruction because the words are meaningless.

Our Videos make learning Tier 3 words possible for below level readers. *A student who is economically disadvantaged and a second language learner was able to succeed in Science for the 2012-2013 school year. Tier 3 words are specialized and often related to a scientific discipline. (Pinnell and Fountas, 2009). Fuzed with current and relevant music, learning Tier 3 words is exciting and memorable for students of all learning levels and abilities.

Reading Assessment for Quarter One:
Fair Level 1.4, SRI 0
Science Scores: Rock’s and Soil Test 86%, Weather 78%
Quarter 1 Science Grade: 81% B
Reading Assessment for Quarter Two:
Fair Level 2.1, SRI 0
Science Scores: Matter Test 82%
Quarter 2 Science Grade: 76% C
Reading Assessment for Quarter Three:
Fair Level 2.1, SRI 0
Science Scores: Changes in Matter 88%, Energy 75%, Forces and Motion 90%
Quarter 3 Science Grade: 78% C
Reading Assessment for Quarter Four:
Fair Level 2.1, SRI 0
Science Scores: Human Body 95%, Life Cycles and Habitats 88%
Quarter 4 Science Grade: 88%B
Science Fusion Unit Tests

CCR Chart

Inclusion of Common Core Rap videos into daily lesson plans show marked increases in both short and long term retention. The graph above illustrates class averages for 3 tests; Weather and Water Cycle, Matter, and Human Body. The blue graph represents the 2010/2011 school year before Common Core Rap videos were produced.  The red graph represents the 2012/2013 school year when students were exposed to the Common Core Rap Science videos. On all 3 tests, class averages increased between 4.9% to 13.7%! Why do CCR videos work and how do they help students retain information? We’re glad you asked!

According to “Elements of Reading” students need to see a word 11-15 times to make it their own. Playing CCR videos each day before the main lesson is a great way to expose students to key terms. The chorus and verses are written to maximize relevant vocabulary and key words are highlighted to help students identify important terms.

Since 90% of the brain’s sensory input comes from visual sources, it stands to reason that the most powerful influence on learner’s behavior is concrete, visual images (Jensen, 1994). Video, music, movement, and curriculum are weaved into each Common Core Rap video. We love 90%, but strive to stimulate 100% of students senses to increase engagement and positively affect the mood of the classroom.

Linking verbal and visual images increases student’s ability to store and retrieve information (Ogle,2000). It makes sense students retain more when they hear a word, see a word, and visually capture the meaning of the word through videos and pictures. Add in the fact that students can act out key vocabulary terms by following along with dance moves within our videos and it is powerful to know that students will be equipped with multiple recall sources on test day.

Common Core Rap Teacher Interview

Second grade teacher, Kelly Clark, talks about how Common Core Rap has impacted her Science lessons and the way her students learn. A big thank you to Mrs. Clark for sharing her experience and fuzing music with education!

Common Core Rap + Edmodo = Powerful Home Study Potential