Celebrate 50 Years of International Literacy Day with Boom Learning Literacy Resources

This year is the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day. With Boom Learning, users only need only have access to a smartphone to begin their learning journey. There are over 2 billion smartphone users worldwide and 1.5 billion English language learners worldwide. That’s a lot of literacy waiting to happen.


The theme of this year’s literacy celebration is “Reading the Past, Writing the Future.” Last week, in our Social Studies newsletter, we told you about reading comprehension activities about American Symbols, such as the Jefferson Memorial and Lincoln Memorial by Having a Fields Day. These are great for integrated studies plans.

This week we are telling you about ELA resources for skill levels from beginning readers through upper elementary standards. With literacy education, we most commonly think of young children learning to read. But literacy education is also for

  • ELL learners of all ages;
  • Those who missed lessons due to developmental or health reasons; and
  • Those who must relearn after a brain injury.

One of our inspirations for building Boom Learning was to make it easier for teachers to assign “just right” materials to students. Learners do not always neatly line up with institutional assumptions about educational needs. Lucky for us, Boom Learning teacher authors share our passion for “just right education” and mini-app solutions.

First Steps in English Language Literacy

Matching rhyming images and first sound images are common and useful activities for pre-readers. Rebecca Reid, of Line Upon Learning, combines these activities with letter recognition.

The alphabet is self-evident to most who grow up in a country that uses a Latin alphabet. It is easy to forget that the alphabet is the first critical step to decoding for many students.

Catia Dias’ Alphabet Bundle provides one stopping shopping for letter recognition. With one deck for each letter (each deck also available separately), she combines a charming variety of games within each deck. The bright colors and fun clipart make this collection engaging for learners of all ages. Yes, I confess I was having trouble stopping playing.

If your students need more practice or will be working with a parent volunteer or a reading student buddy, consider the Letter and Mini-Book Combo Bundle from Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers. Each deck is an eight page mini-book, which a parent volunteer or buddy can read to a student, followed by 8 reinforcing task cards. For more products, search on “letters” in the Store.

Predictable books allow beginners to feel like readers right away.  In addition to their Letter and Mini-Book Combos, Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers has created the I Like Colors Predictable Books bundle (each book also available separately). Students begin to learn the dolch words “I” and “like” as well as their color words.

As learners advance in their readiness, they need to recognize those pesky digraphs. You can search in the store to find decks on “digraphs.” When you are ready to assess first grade reading skills, including digraphs, Rebecca Reid has a handy 1st Grade Reading Review. As with all Boom Cards, the student learns as they are assessed. We really like how Rebecca scaffolds spelling skills into this deck.

Maturing English language learners, and students with decoding disabilities, such as dyslexia, need help tackling the challenges of English spelling: multiple sounds for common phonograms and multiple spellings for one sound. Search in the Store on “phonics” to find more by Della Larsen’s Class, Line upon Line Learning, Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers, Teacher Features, and White’s Workshop. Also search on “literacy” and “reading” for more.



Looking for something seasonal? Learning with Sunflower Smiles has a set of fall themed Reading CVC Words Task Cards.



Emerging Readers and Language Users

For students in the 3rd to 6th grades, Rachel Lynette and Deb Hanson bring you a plethora of ELA materials (search on “ELA” in the store). All the value you’ve come to expect from these ladies, except now they are colorful, self-grading mini-apps (no cutting required).

It figures that the buyer favorites from Deb Hanson would be her Figurative Language 1 and 2 series. Who would have predicted that buyer favorites from Rachel Lynette would be




With that, we conclude our Literacy Day tour of ELA resources on Boom Learning.




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  • Check out our International Literacy Day Board on Pinterest. We’ll be continually adding resources to this board.
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  • Blog about your ideas for using Boom Cards for literacy and tell us about your blog on our Facebook page.

Don’t see what you want, send a request for custom materials to help@boomlearning.com.

Celebrate and be literate.

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