Whigham Elementary turns lessons into rap music to engage students

Published: Jan. 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM EST
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By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

January 10, 2019

WHIGHAM, Ga. (WCTV) -- Thursday, second grade students at Whigham Elementary School put the flow in Flocabulary.

It's the newest program that adds hip-hop to the curriculum, thanks to teacher Cassie Hudson.

"I would love this as a student, so I thought if I would love this, then I know they will," said Hudson.

Hudson entered the Envision School Grant Contest and beat out 12 other counties. She was awarded $2,000, which was the exact amount to purchase a year of Flocabulary.

"When you attach a really difficult concept to music, especially rap and hip-hop, the kids can watch it several times and memorize it like they do songs on the radio," said Hudson.

Thursday, students learned a rap about the number 11.

"It helps a bunch of kids learn about 11 and it has the subtraction on here, too," said Houston Sanders, a second grade student.

After only two times, Sanders could nearly rap the entire lesson.

"Because you can remember it and you will remember that song," said Sanders.

The new tool is increasing achievement and bringing joy to every classroom. Whigham Elementary is still in its first month of the program, but is already seeing results.

A great feature of the program is that it's online. All students have access to Flocabulary at any time outside of the classroom.