Combining Standards-Based Learning with Actionable Data for Differentiation

In our modern, highly mobile culture, standards give students a relatively uniform exposure to content when they move between states. Most states have adopted some form of standards derived from the Achieve American Diploma Project. Both the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and the Common Core State Standards have their roots in Achieve’s work.

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Whichever set of standards your state uses, a survey of high school graduates indicates that setting high expectations and pushing all students to take advanced coursework results in students feeling better prepared to face the challenges of work or college, whichever they choose after graduation.

The textbooks in your classroom may be everything you need for at-level work (or not). But, for your students who are ready to reach higher, or your students who need more repetitions, you’ll want to supplement. Boom Cards supplements, with their self-grading elements, give you actionable data so you know who is ready to move on, and who needs more practice.

Actionable Data

We talked about proficiency and mastery in this blog. The best-prepared students have not merely mastered the data, but are proficient: they can respond correctly, quickly, and without hesitation.

Watch and learn how to read Boom Cards reports to track progress towards mastery and proficiency.

Differentiating with Boom Cards Decks

Standards-based Boom Cards decks allow you to combine rich student reports with dialed up or dialed down content for specific standards. Here are just a few examples of how you might deploy Boom Cards for differentiation.

4th Grade Place Value 

I heart 4th Grade creates standards-based supplements for her classroom. She has materials aligned to third, fourth and fifth grade standards. When teaching place value you can use a combination of her decks to assess, practice, differentiate and intervene to get your students to proficiency. Here is a sample pathway through some of her materials for Numbers in Base Ten:

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Students

  • identify the value of a specified digit,
  • determine how many times greater a number is,
  • practice with base ten.

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For the student who needs to a slow start, revisit the prior year’s standards with

Students who show they’ve mastered 4.NBT.1 can be quickly moved on to 4.NBT.2 with Compare Numbers (using place value). You can use the deck for independent work or clustered groups.

English Language Art Language Standard 5: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

WiqwJRzKqxDNZ8H5Z-Slide06.jpgUsing the search “CC.ELA.L.5” in the Boom Learning store provides a variety of materials spanning up through eighth grade. Many authors in the ELA area offer bundles that span the evolution of a standard across grade levels.

For example, Rachel Lynette’s Context Clues bundle spans third to sixth-grade levels. Students can move from one level to the next as they demonstrate mastery and proficiency.

Try a search or two to find materials you can use for your classroom.

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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ELA Test Prep (or Teaching) for Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Standards

Whether you are squeezing in last-minute test prep or thinking ahead to fall, we have a variety of materials to help third, fourth, and fifth graders meet standards. You can use these materials to evaluate progress, practice and teach, or pre-test.

LANGUAGE ARTS

bjm4jho6vwyhwc7zg-bundle-reMastering the conventions of standard English can be a trial for many children. We have a variety of materials for you to teach, assess, practice, or remediate these crucial skills. The Revising and Editing Bundle by Rosie’s Resources is a handy set for last minute test prep.

If your students need more, check out these resources:

Screen Shot 2017-04-22 at 10.23.46 PMIn language arts, students also need to master vocabulary acquisition and use (CC.ELA.L.4, CC.ELA.L.5 and CC.ELA.L.6). This can range from the skills of sequencing, to being able to use context clues to determine word meaning. Rachel Lynette has three decks of increasing difficulty to help students master context clues. Other skills you can practice using cards from our vocabulary collection include Greek and Latin roots, parts of speech, and commonly confused words.

READING

To master the art of reading with comprehension, students must be able to determine main ideas, key details, and draw inferences. We have materials for students to practice drawing conclusions, making generalizations, making predictions, and making inferences from pictures.Screen Shot 2017-04-22 at 10.29.51 PM

Barb Evans creates a variety of materials that combine critical thinking and problem solving with vocabulary building.Screen Shot 2017-04-22 at 10.36.43 PM

You can find more materials here:

WRITING

Writing skills include the ability to write dialogue, sequence, and understand and craft analogies. You can find writing materials for grades third, fourth and fifth here.

Happy Teaching!

ELA Test Prep for Middle School

Middle school brings English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science testing. Today’s focus is on materials in the Boom Learning catalog that can help your students prepare for ELA testing in middle school. These materials are suitable for students in fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.

Boom Cards resources let you see at a glance how each student is progressing towards mastery and where they are making mistakes. With their cheerful bright colors and game features, Boom Cards are a welcome break from worksheets. Best of all they make sure screen time is moving students closer to standard. Give your classroom a selection of materials to practice for testing season and let students pick and choose which to do when.

Learning with Sunflower Smiles has five decks for students who need practice with Active and Passive Voice. There are two decks for mixed voices, and three additional decks for focused practice each on past, present and future tense. Assigned mixed voices for the whole class. Add focused practice if some students need more.

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Students who need to practice conventions can work with possessive apostrophes, commas, and pronoun case with decks from It’s a Teacher Thing, Hand in Hand, Learning with Sunflower Smiles, Deb Hansen, Rachel Lynette, and HappyEdugator. There are also a variety of materials to practice vocabulary, including Greek and Latin roots from Rosie’s Resources.

For reading skills, we have decks ranging from Advanced Point of View by Rachel Lynette, to Author’s Purpose by Deb Hanson, to Analogies Practice by HappyEdugator and many more.

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