Where do I find recommended grade ranges?
You can find the recommended grade range for a video by clicking into Teacher Resources on a video’s page.
How does the recommended grade range affect how the video is made?
The recommended range isn’t just about content and standards alignment; It also helps our audio and art teams make decisions about style, tone and humor for the song and video!
How do you choose the grade range for videos?
Our curriculum team consults a number of sources when determining the grade range. First, we look at data. Analytics tools that capture anonymized user data show us the grade interests of teachers who have been searching for a topic on our site. From there, we take a look at standards, both national and state, and look at classroom resources. As we research for the song and video and take notes for our lyricists, we determine the best range of grades for the video.
We strive to set a grade range that is wide enough to be inclusive but narrow enough to still be meaningful. This can be tricky to balance, but there are some guidelines we follow. If a topic will, by definition, contain very sensitive content our recommended grade range typically begins in sixth grade. Otherwise, we let academic standards, classroom resources and common sense guide us.
Can I use a video recommended for grades older or younger than my students?
Recommended grade ranges are just that: our recommendations! Technically speaking, there’s nothing limiting your ability to show any content to your students. You know your students best, and you are the one best equipped to determine what’s right for them. That’s why we suggest that you watch a video first before playing it for your class. You’re the expert on your students.