Making the Most of Boom Learning

Home Connections

Home Connections

Home Connections gives students the information they need to log in at home. Use it to maintain learning over the summer, for at-home pretesting before the new school year, and for homework.

Click the + button for a Classroom and select Home Connections. This will generate a printable list of your student usernames. Print (it puts 3 on a page) and manually add the passwords (we can’t see those).  Students who log on from home will have access to whatever was assigned to the classroom.

Flow Magic

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Flow Magic lets you create decks with conditional logic. Click on the image above for a Boom Cards tutorial on using Flow Magic.

 

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The Spring and Summer Collection
Freebies
The Primary Collection (Pre-K to 2nd)
Emerging Students (3-5)
The Upper El Collection (4-6)
Middle School Mash-Up (6-8)
High School STEM and Social Studies (9-10)
World Languages

Surviving and Thriving at the End of the School Year

I was volunteering in an elementary class Friday and the end of year phenomena was in full swing. The weather was warm and so were their tempers.

If you covered all your mandatory topics for the year and the kids are on track, this is a good time to mix it up and encourage curiosity and self-directed learning. Consider adding logic, puzzles, critical thinking, or world language materials to your library for choice time.

Screen Shot 2017-05-20 at 10.39.37 AMSometimes it is enough to switch to spring and summer themed materials. The psychological effect of bright colors and cheerful images might be just the thing. If you are finishing up a measurement unit, try a summer themed deck on Customary Measurement Word Problems by Tarheelstate Teacher.

 

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For younger students, expand their vocabulary with “I Spy” Beach Vocabulary by Teachering.

 

 

 

For the youngest students, we have a variety of multiple choice materials in mathematics, ELA, and French.

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Need more? Find the collection for you.

The Spring and Summer Collection
Freebies
The Primary Collection (Pre-K to 2nd)
Emerging Students (3-5)
The Upper El Collection (4-6)
Middle School Mash-Up (6-8)
High School STEM and Social Studies (9-10)
World Languages

Self-grading Teacher Made Science Resources

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to test students once in grades 3-6, again in grades 6-9, and one last time in grades 10-12 on science subjects.

To perform well in science, students should have a firm grounding in mathematics, especially conversions, ratios and statistical analysis. If you have students struggling because they are not yet fluent with fractions or decimals, have them review these skills using Boom Card task cards.Science Math Prep (1)

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The NGSS standards provide a useful benchmark for teachers preparing students for 21st-century jobs.

For elementary and middle schoolers, the standards set expectations for learning in the fields of engineering, physical science, life science, and earth and space science.

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Middle school teacher and science geek, Kristin Lee has Boom Cards practice for the Periodic Table, Properties of Matter, Mixtures and Solutions, and Chemical or Physcial Change. Garden Full of Knowledge and Making the Grayd both have decks for teaching elementary students the states of matter and changes between states.

Exploring Coral Reef Systems by Line upon Line Learning and Light by Teachering combine science with reading comprehension and inference skills. The combination of informative text with review questions of these resources make them ideal for self-directed learning.

For elementary students, Plant Needs and Plant Parts by Having a Fields Day and Plant and Animal Adaptations by Fishyrobb support biology instruction.

You also can find decks for teaching elementary students earth and space science covering weather, the water cycle, the planets, and the solar system.

Mathematics Materials for Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade

Common Core Aligned

Under the Common Core state standards, during grades third through fifth students work with mathematics using models, standard algorithms and in the context of word problems. By doing so, students develop a deep number sense that prepares them for algebra and beyond and the real world application of mathematics to everyday problems. Boom Learning has a range of materials to help you teach, review, assess or prep on these topics.

Operations

Between third and fifth grade, students are expected to master addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. For a fully developed number sense, they must be able to identify the unknown number in an equation, perform word problems, and understand the identity, commutative, and associative properties. Finally, they should be able to identify operations based patterns. Success with operations necessitates a firm foundation in place value. Authors Evil Math Wizard, Simone’s Math Resources, Wise Guys, Shelley Rees, LittleStreams, I Heart 4th Grade, White’s Workshop, Teachers Features, Mercedes Hutchens | Surfing to Success, and more provide a wide variety of operations Boom Cards.

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Fractions

For fractions, students in these grades first develop their concept of a fraction as a part of a whole, including learning to convert whole numbers to fractions. Working with models, such as fraction wheels and number lines, deepen students understanding of fractions. Students learn to recognize and generate equivalent fractions. Finally, students master applying the four operations to fractions, which prepares them for conversions and unit rate applications in middle school. Wise Guys, Simone’s Math Resources, Little Streams, Miss Mindy, I heart 4th grade, Crockett’s Classroom, Meredith Anderson – Momgineer and Pink Cat Studio make colorful and engaging fractions Boom Cards.

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Decimals

In fourth grade, students learn to relate decimals to fractions and the number line. They also learn to perform the four operations on decimals and to represent decimals using models. Finally, students learn to apply decimals in real world situations, which prepares them for percentages and interest in middle school. Look for decimals Boom Cards by Wise Guys, Shelley Rees, LittleStreams, I heart 4th grade, Simone’s Math Resources, and Stress-Free Teaching.

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Geometry, Measurement and Data

For geometry, students master the most common geometric shapes and begin to understand concepts of area and volume. For all three concepts, students master the concept of units and apply them to solving a variety of problems. Finally they begin to understand graphing as a way to represent mathematical problems. These skills prepare them for advanced geometric manipulations, conversions, probability, and statistics in middle school and beyond. Look for Boom Cards by Making the Grayd, Garden Full of Knowledge, Little Streams, Catia Dias, Amber from TGIF, and Fishyrobb.

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Assess and Review Middle School Mathematics

Whether you are assessing understanding, preparing for Common Core or similar standards-based tests, recommending summer retention or credit recovery, or are looking ahead to fall, we have a few resources to help your middle schoolers solidify core skills. You can find our collection of mathematics materials for middle schoolers here.

MiddSimoune's Math Resourcesle schoolers are expected to extend their understanding of operations to all rational numbers, including negative numbers. Everyday reasoning about the meaning of negative numbers provides a solid foundation. Simone’s Math Resources’s Comparing Integers can be used as a pre-test, assessment, or practice of student ability to understand the applicability of negative numbers to real world problems.

A firm grasp of absolute value is an essential foundation to performing operations on mixed negative and positive numbers. Miss Mindy has an Absolute Value lesson plus practice deck bundle. You can use it with the student who needs extra or with the student reading to jump ahead.

Middle schoolers must develop increasingly sophisticated skills in working with expressions and exponents. We have several items from Joan Kessler, LittleStreams, Simone’s Math Resources, Jean Adams, and Misty Miller to evaluate how well your students are working with Expressions and Exponents or to assign extra practice.

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