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Three Purposes for Boom Learning Digital Task Cards

Children (and teachers) absolutely LOVE Boom Learning Digital Task Cards.

Did you realize there are different ways to use them?

Three Purposes for Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Did you realize there are different ways to use these digital cards? Here are three ways. Can you think of more?

1. Skills Practice

Three Purposes for Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Did you realize there are different ways to use these digital cards? Here are three ways. Can you think of more?


Skills practice is probably the most popular use of Boom Learning cards. Since Boom Cards can be used on tablets, phones, laptops, or desktops, it's easy to just send a link for the children to practice their skills at home, during center time, or for independent work. 
 

I've made some little videos so you can see the Boom Cards in action:

This first video is an example of part of my fact fluency system. There are 8 different levels for the children to master, and two review levels. 

This is Level 1 Addition and Subtraction:  the +1 families

(This one is a freebie!)


Here's an example of the multiplication and division fact fluency system:

Level 5 Multiplication and Division the X9 families


2. Assessment

Three Purposes for Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Did you realize there are different ways to use these digital cards? Here are three ways. Can you think of more?

Assessment is a great use of the Boom Cards as well! With a paid membership to Boom Learning, teachers can see the records of everything their students have done while on Boom Learning. They can see which questions students got right or wrong, how long the student took on that question, and a record of how many times the student has used that deck. It's a wealth of information about the students, and it's amazingly easy to use!

The above fact fluency decks can be used for assessment as well as practice. I watch the scores of the children, and when they are close to 100% accuracy, we have a celebration and they move on to the next level. 

Assessment can have several purposes within itself! A teacher might want to assess students before a lesson or unit, in order to see what the students know. 

This one will let you know what your students know about figurative language.

Figurative Language Boom Learning Digital Task Cards

 

A teacher might want to do a personality assessment at the beginning of the school year, then again at various points through the year to see how the student grows and changes. Plus, they love talking (writing) about themselves!

Who Am I? Get to Know Your Students Boom Learning Task Cards


Here's a way to assess what your students know about germs!

Germs: Viruses and Bacteria Boom Learning Task Cards


 3. Exploration and Enrichment

Three Purposes for Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Did you realize there are different ways to use these digital cards? Here are three ways. Can you think of more?

Enrichment and Exploration are my favorite purpose for Boom Learning cards! These cards are perfect for the students who have mastered the basic information and are ready to learn more. They can be assigned a deck on a topic they're not familiar with, and explore. The best part? They can do the same deck over and over, and their responses should become more and more accurate! (Teachers can keep an eye on this, and if they're not becoming more accurate, a conversation needs to take place with this student, of course!)


There are plenty of this type of Boom Learning decks. Here are a couple:

 Famous Black Americans: Who Said This?


I have a whole series of Social Studies and Science vocabulary builders. Check out this video of  

City, Country, or Candy


I have plenty more Boom Learning decks, which you can find HERE.

How do you use your Boom cards? 

Do you have other purposes for them?


Three Purposes for Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Did you realize there are different ways to use these digital cards? Here are three ways. Can you think of more?



Learning About the USA

There is a lot going around in politics that is far too brutal for small children. Yet, their little eyes and ears are open, and they're noticing what is going on around them. I think this is a good time for the children to learn about the USA.


Learning About the USA: Here are several resources and freebies to help young children learn about their country in a stress and opinion free manner!

I prefer to use this interest to teach the children more "safe," "non-biased" information about their country. As teachers, we have an obligation to teach them to think for themselves, and certainly not to tell them how to think! 

I have several Amazon affiliate links below that will bring a few pennies to me, with absolutely no cost to you. These are some examples of teaching the children about the United States without teaching them to have an opinion.

Kids LOVE maps, and they LOVE puzzles!!
Beginner's Atlas 
 
USA Destinations

 
50 Fearless Women 
 
No Voice Too Small  
 
I'm sure you know plenty more children's books to educate children about the United States of America! (Leave a comment below with your favorites!)
 

Here are a few resources that can be used throughout the year, whether or not there is a patriotic holiday on the horizon!

 
This is my newest Boom Learning set: the children think about each USA fact, and decide if it is true or false.  Fun Facts About the USA
 
Fun Facts about the USA: Boom Learning
These Reading Comprehension for Active Learners sets have always been a big hit for my learners! This one tells about the 5 branches of the US military.
Freedom Isn't Free
 
Reading Comprehension for Active Learners: Freedom isn't Free
This election themed noun practice matching game can be used any time of year! Election Common and Proper Nouns
 
Election Themed Common and Proper Nouns
 
Here's another Boom Learning set comparing two of the countries in North America! Canada, USA, or Both?
 
Canada, USA, or both? Boom Learning
 

These mapping task cards help children learn their way around the USA map!Mapping Task Cards USA Set OneMapping Task Cards Set Two
 
Mapping Task Cards USA

This set combines several skills, and can be used for Presidents Day, Election Day, or any day you're learning about the USA! Mapping, Comparing, Syllables, and Opinion Writing with a President Theme
 
Mapping, comparing, syllables, and opinion writing for presidents day, election day, or any day!
Do your students struggle to remember which patriotic holiday is which? American Holidays: A Sorting Game
 
American Holidays: A Sorting game

 All the above items are contained in this bundle, plus the ones below, all at a huge discount!  Learning About the USA Bundle
Learning about the USA Bundle!

Here are a whole bunch of freebies related to learning about the USA. Enjoy!
 
 








Please don't hesitate to share in the comments below how you help younger children learn about the USA!

Learning About the USA: Here are several resources and freebies to help young children learn about their country in a stress and opinion free manner!



Team Building, Ice Breakers, and Get to Know You Activities for Distance Learning or In Class

In order to teach children, we need to build relationships with them. In order to work comfortably with each other, they need to build relationships with each other. 

 Team Building, Ice Breakers, and Get to Know You Activities for Distance Learning or In Class: Some suggestions for building relationships.

So how can we build relationships while staying socially distant? How can we build relationships when we're working remotely? 

Schools are opening in a variety of ways: in person, completely online, or some hybrid version of both of these. No matter how your school is opening, these things are important:

  1. Building bonds of trust with your students.
  2. Helping students build bonds with each other.
  3. Get to know the students academic abilities,
  4. Help the children get to know your expectations and procedures. 
This blog post suggests some team building and getting to know you activities, but these same activities will also help  you get to know your students, while showing your expectations as well!
 
Many team building activities can be done in a socially distant class as well as online. Here's one way:
 
Team Building, Ice Breakers, and Get to Know You Activities for Distance Learning or In Class: Some suggestions for building relationships.

Morning Meetings are a great way to start the day! I like to start with some sort of greeting, which can be done if we're all in the same room, or if we're working remotely. These Morning Meeting Greeting Activities come with a fun question for every single day, a nice picture (that can be used as a background for remote learning) and the same writing prompt that can be printed or sent home electronically. 

Whether you're in school or at home, Boom Learning activities are a must! They're amazingly easy to assign in class or online. They're compatible with every platform, and can be sent home with just a link. Plus, the teacher can monitor how each child is doing!
 
Team Building, Ice Breakers, and Get to Know You Activities for Distance Learning or In Class: Some suggestions for building relationships. 
 
Who am I Boom Cards are perfect for the beginning of the school year. This is a chance for the children to think about who they are, and how they can contribute to their class. 
 
Plus, they get plenty of reading and writing practice! (And the teacher can assess these skills through their responses!)


Team Building, Ice Breakers, and Get to Know You Activities for Distance Learning or In Class: Some suggestions for building relationships.
 
Building Friendships is a popular Boom Resource that gets the children thinking about making good choices when it comes to socializing.


Team Building, Ice Breakers, and Get to Know You Activities for Distance Learning or In Class: Some suggestions for building relationships.
Good Citizenship Boom is a great opportunity for children to think about social situations! This will help them learn what kind of expectations you have in your class. The stories give them plenty of examples of positive interactions in the classroom and on the playground.
Team Building, Ice Breakers, and Get to Know You Activities for Distance Learning or In Class: Some suggestions for building relationships.
 
This resource has a collection of games and activities for building Classroom Community that can be played in a Socially Distant Classroom or remotely:  20 Socially Distant Team Building Games and Activities to Build Classroom Community
 

No matter how you are going back to school this year, I'm sure you'll find ways to build relationships with your students. What's your plan?

 
Team Building, Ice Breakers, and Get to Know You Activities for Distance Learning or In Class: Some suggestions for building relationships.
 

Is Your "Back to School" on a "Coronacoaster?" Part 4:Teach Them Why!

We are hearing so much conflicting information about the start of school this year, with no definite answers. Here are some of the options:
  • full time in the classroom
  • full time remote learning
  • the hybrid model: a little of each
  • a variety of the above

With all this uncertainty, how can teachers plan for this Coronacoaster?

Is Your "Back to School" on a "Coronacoaster?" Part 4:Teach Them Why!  Children's lives have been disrupted by this virus. They need to understand why. This blog post has a few suggestions.



Today is part 4 in a five part series about returning to school during this Coronacoaster! Is Your "Back to School" on a "Coronacoaster?" Part 4:Teach Them Why!  Children's lives have been disrupted by this virus. They need to understand why. This blog post has a few suggestions.

Teach Them Why

The children's lives have totally changed. Their schooling has been drastically changed. They have to wash their hands all the time. They have to wear masks andkeep a distance from their friends. Their sports, dance classes, and scout troops have all been postponed. They're confused and scared, and have a right to know why! It's definitely time to explain to them how germs work?
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As I've mentioned before, I'm a huge fan of Boom Learning Digital Task Cards for several reasons: they're easy to use, can be used on any device, they're easy to assign through different digital platforms, and most of all, the children LOVE them! This set of Boom Cards helps the students learn about bacteria and viruses and how to fight them. Germs: Viruses and Bacteria Boom Cards

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This resource has an informational text with 10 questions, 6 brain breaks, and 4 sketching questions. Germs: Reading Comprehension for Active Learners


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Here's another Boom Learning Resource! This one helps the children understand what they can do to help fight germs and maintain healthy habits: Healthy Habits Boom Cards


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Finally, here's an informational booklet the children can read, learn, and illustrate. This can be easily sent home, or read, discussed, and illustrated in class. If they can keep socially distant, it's fun for them to make posters to show what they have learned!
Healthy Habits Informational Text Booklet

This is also a good time to practice handwashing, measure exactly how far 6 feet might be, and watch some videos about how face masks protect us.

What else can teachers do to help students understand why the world is the way it is right now?

Be sure to read all five parts of this Coronacoaster Back to school series:




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Is Your "Back to School" on a "Coronacoaster?" Part 4:Teach Them Why!  Children's lives have been disrupted by this virus. They need to understand why. This blog post has a few suggestions.






Is Your "Back to School" on a "Coronacoaster?" Part 3: Review, Review, Review!


We are hearing so much conflicting information about the start of school this year. Here are some of the options:
  • full time in the classroom
  • full time remote learning
  • the hybrid model: a little bit of each
  • a variety of the above

With all this uncertainty, how can teachers plan for this Coronacoaster?

It's pretty scary to think about all the planning that has to take place, "just in case..." but honestly, there are several things you can start planning that can happen in the classroom, through distance learning, or a combination of both.

I'm sure you'll agree these things need to happen no matter where or how you'll be teaching this year.

Today is Part Three in a five part series about returning to school during this Coronacoaster!

Is Your "Back to School" on a "Coronacoaster?" Part 3: Review, review, review! These students have been out of school for even longer than usual for the "summer slide." Here are some ideas to get them back on track!

Review, Review, Review!

We all know that our students have had a whole lot of time away from learning. You can call it "summer slump" or "summer slide," or numerous other things, but this year will be worse than normal, due to the students being out of school from March until now. Yes, they did remote learning for a few months, but we all know that remote learning wasn't the same as the learning that happens in the classroom!
 
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You may remember that I'm a big fan of Boom Cards because they are easy to use in the classroom and can be used remotely by sending a link through any platform. These vocabulary Boom Cards are a fun way to review important science and social studies vocabulary. Building Vocabulary Science and Social Studies Boom Card Bundle



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Speaking of Boom Cards, these  six multiple choice Boom Cards are perfect for reviewing important skills: Combined 2nd Grade Skills Review Boom Card Bundle


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But it's important to keep it interesting. I like to let the children practice important reading skills by having them read informational text about important Science and Social Studies topics. It's a real time saver, and they absolutely love the topics! This bundle of Earth Changes gives them a lot of information, yet loads of practice with reading and comprehension skills. Earth Changes Bundle: Reading Comprehension for Active Learners.

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 Math fact fluency is an important part of everyday mathematics. (This system was mentioned in Part 1 - Routines.) Brain research tells us it's important to review information in order for that information to go into their long term memory. I recommend that children review frequently the "levels" they have already mastered in this system to keep the information solid. If they never go back to it, they won't remember it! Math Fact Fluency System: the Bundle


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These Math Challenges are a fun way to review old math skills for grades 3-5! Since math continues to build on previous skills, it's important that those skills are strong. These challenges review second grade math concepts, but with an added challenge! Mystery Math Challenge Bundle

Here's a link to several "summer review" resources that can get their brains back on track: Summer Review Games and Activities

Do you have any other ideas for review and getting those "stale" learners back in the game? Feel free to list them in the comments section below! 


Be sure to read the all five parts of this Coronacoaster Back to School series:


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