Posted: 2nd October 2013 by Common Core in Common Core Rap Videos, Rap Video Updates
Around the World – Maps Skills and Spatial Terms, our latest rap video, is now available in the Common Core Rap Store! Lyrics, Beat, and Class Handouts for Around the World have also been added to the Lyrics & Worksheets part of our site. We hope you enjoy the new video in your classroom! We had a great time making it for you
Common Core Concepts covered in Around the World include: latitude, longitude, equator, meridian, compass, cardinal, map, key, legend, North, East, South West, globe, state, capital, politics, oceans, continents
Posted: 13th September 2013 by Common Core in Common Core Rap News, Rap Video Updates
After some time away, we are happy to say that we have finished recording our latest rap, Map Skills. For a preview, click the map! Next up is the video shoot which is scheduled for September 22nd. Map Skills – The World in Spatial Terms will be available in the Common Core Rap Store and TpT October 1st! As always, we cannot thank you enough for your positive feedback and support. You all are the inspiration behind the music!
Posted: 25th August 2013 by Common Core in Common Core Rap News
Teaching requires expert balance. Time, discipline, curriculum, fun, and class growth are a few things teachers juggle day in and day out. The path to success can feel like a tightrope at times. The way your students react depends on how you walk line. If you move slowly and steady yourself after each step, your crowd will tense and adapt your uneasiness. However, if you step confidently and juggle your tasks, you can put on a show that students will remember for the rest of their lives!
Before any good show, there is an opening act, a DJ, or an announcement to set the atmosphere. Thousands of students start their day off with a Common Core Rap video, worksheet, or song. Let us set the tone for your amazing performance. Allow your students to move with the beat, fill out a worksheet, and watch curriculum in action! Then, we’ll turn it over to the real star of the show, you! So, if someone asks you if you are ready for Common Core, tell them Common Core is not ready for you Welcome back teachers, we missed you!
Posted: 31st July 2013 by Common Core in Common Core Rap News
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. In each case, second grade students were tested without exposure to Common Core Rap videos and then retested once exposed to the 3 minute 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.
Posted: 22nd July 2013 by Common Core in Common Core Rap News
As the summer winds down and teachers/students start looking forward to next year, Common Core Rap is ready to build upon and diversify our video collection. Ten of our first eleven videos were science-based and cover everything from inquiry skills to the forces and elements that affect living and non-living things. If you are new to Common Core Rap, please check out our Preview Videos page for a sampling of our work. We now shift our focus to social studies, geography, and history. Look for new releases each month once the school year begins. We hope your last few weeks of summer pass slowly and are filled with fun activities with good friends. New adventures await and we are up to the challenge!
Spin the globe, around it goes / I’ve got my map, my compass shows / Four main directions, cardinal . . . - Excerpt from Around The World (coming soon)
Inquiry Skills is complete and has been added to the Common Core Rap Store, as well as the Lyrics & Worksheets page. Listen a few times or read along and see if you can rap along to the instrumental beat! The 45 second preview has also been added to our Preview Videos page. Thanks for following us and let us know what you think of the new video!
Posted: 3rd July 2013 by Common Core in Common Core Rap News
Common Core Rap has released its latests educational rap video, Inquiry Skills! Available now in the Common Core Rap Store and on Teacher Stream. To celebrate our latest addition just in time for July 4th, we would like to offer 1 free video download! Simply enter video4th at checkout to apply the free video discount. Thank you for the continued support and enjoy a safe, fun July 4th!
Posted: 1st July 2013 by Common Core in Common Core Rap Videos, Rap Video Updates
Post production for Inquiry Skills is nearing completion. The rough edit has been assembled and is ready for final touches to be applied. Inquiry Skills Rap Video will be released July 4th, 2013. As we celebrate Independence Day, we will also celebrate Independents Day and offer something special to those of you helping support our independently owned business! Check back July 3rd for the scoop.
Posted: 19th June 2013 by Common Core in Common Core Rap News
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!
Posted: 6th June 2013 by Common Core in Common Core Rap News, Rap Video Updates
Production for inquiry skills is underway! The inquiry skills rap will discuss what it takes to be a good scientist and how to use tools of the trade. This rap will explore: comparing, measuring, classifying, observing, and predicting data; investingations, experiments, and hypotheses; variables, measurements, accuracy, and communication. The video shoot is scheduled for June 23rd. Expect Inquiry Skills Rap Song and Video in the Common Core Rap Store by month’s end! As always, thanks for following along and continuing to provide positive feedback. To understand the world, I need to use science / To find information, I need to inquire