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Monday, February 6, 2017

It's Time to Be Mine!

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

BOOM! Learning Cards for Your Interactive Whiteboard

Last week I discovered 

Have you checked it out yet?

I thought you might appreciate a little preview of how these cards could work in your classroom. This preview is based on my deck, Monsters Love Contractions.

This is a screenshot of 1 of the cards.  It is what a student sees.

The student types his/her answers in the boxes.

Once s/he has typed in both answers, s/he clicks on "Submit."

(I was too slow to get a screenshot of it!) It does not tell whether the answer is right or wrong.

After the student has completed the deck, s/he will get a message and earn some rewards.  

The site provides an explanation of the rewards.
It's really easy to set up your class.  I'm an enrichment specialist, so I have more than 1 class.  That is possible, too.

Following is an example of a report for the teacher.

If you haven't checked out Boom Learning, you really should.  I think it holds great promise for all teachers.

Please visit my store @ Boom Learning. Thus far, I have 14 decks and I add more every day.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

It's About Time, Teachers, for a Learning Explosion!

It’s about time, teachers, for an explosion!

A learning explosion, that is.  An explosion you are going to love, Love, LOVE!!!!

Most of us have interactive whiteboards (yea!). Most of us struggle to find the time to create the digitized lessons and centers we would love to use with our whiteboards (boo!). Most of us know that teacher created lessons are the best.  What most of us don't know is that there is a new kid in town to help us with interactive whiteboard activities.

It’s about time, teachers, that you discover ...

Boom Learning is a relatively new site that offers decks of Boom Cards for your whiteboard lessons.  
  • No more printing.
  • No more cutting.
  • No more laminating.
  • No more grading.

  • Much more engagement.
  • Much more information at the speed of a click.
  • Much more 21st century style learning and teaching.
  • Much more fun!

Boom Learning resources offer interactive lessons that are self-grading.  They provide instant reports on the progress and success of each of your students. They make it possible to use all of those adorable task cards without buying stock in printer ink.

I discovered Boom Cards just this week and, honestly, I feel like I've won the lottery.  So many of the resources I've created for TPT are perfect for digital task cards.  This woman is obsessed with transfering those products to this platform!  In just a few days, I have created 10 decks.  Naturally, I hope you will take time to look at my products (all under $2).  But even if my resources are not what you seek, I think you will LOVE this site and all it has to offer.  

Your time is precious.  There's never enough time. Time is of the essence.  It's about time, teachers, to discover BOOM CARDS!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Black History Month

It's about time, teachers, for Black History Month. Are you looking for some curricula? Have you tried teaching through poetry?

Black History Month Poetry Possibilities offers 14 poems (copy ready for their anthologies) about these notable African Americans:
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Harriet Tubman 
  • Garret Morgan
  • Granville T. Woods
  • George Washington Carver
  • Matthew Henson
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Leontyne Price
  • Muhammed Ali
  • Guion Stewart Bluford, Jr.
  • Rosa Parks

While each poem provides important information about each of these people, the teaching possibilities extend the learning in myriad ways.  For example, this poem about the astronaut, Guion Stewart Bluford, Jr., provides lots of information about the man and his accomplishments.  But the poem provides many more opportunities for learning.  Note the unusual form of the poem.

That form is quite effective in presenting information.  So, why not have your students apply it to another subject?  It could focus on another notable African American, or it could be applied to something closer to home - mom.  

This teaching possibility is described in #2 below.

As you can see above, the Poetry Possibilities provide suggestions for other subject matter, as well.

Each poem has a teaching point that applies to poetry.  After all, students should learn to appreciate poetry as a literary form. 

That teaching point leads to another teaching possibility:

A quick review of basic grammar is always a good idea.

The teaching possibilities need not be limited to language arts and history.  The 3rd possibility for this poem invites students to employ a Venn Diagram in comparing the astronaut to another man of science, George Washington Carver.  A template is provided:

By using some or all of the Poetry Possibilities provided for this collection of poems, you will have plenty of curricula for this special month.

Life teaches us to make good use of TIME, while TIME teaches us the value of life.

You may also be interested in these poetry units:

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  In order to appreciate my family, traveling here from 4 states, I am taking a technology vacation.  I look forward to connecting again in 2017.  In the meantime, best wishes for a ...

Monday, December 12, 2016

12 Days of Christmas -- Day 12

This is day 12 of my 12 Days of Christmas giveaways.  Your gift today is a BIG ONE!
Poetry Possibilities -- December Edition is a wonderful collection of poetry appropriate for this holiday filled month.  

This gift is only free for a short time, so hurry over to my TPT store and get your copy.

If you like this poetry unit, check these out:

Sunday, December 11, 2016

12 Days of Christmas -- Day 11

It's about time, teachers, to unwrap your gift for the 11th day of my 12 Days of Christmas giveaways.

This product is BRAND NEW and FREE for the 11th day of Christmas.

Since these will be used at a time of the year that can be filled with wiggles, the 36 task cards (or a portion of them) can be posted around the room. Then students can move about reading the ELF RIDDLES.

To find the answers to the riddles, pupils must solve math problems that then provide the letters needed.  The green cards require addition within 100 to unlock the code.  The red cards use subtraction within 100 and the blue cards require multiplication of two 1 digit numbers.   This variety of computation skills provides instant differentiation for your heterogeneous class.

If you prefer, eschew the task cards and use only the printables.  Give each student a copy of the computation clues sheet appropriate for his abilities.   Then give him the appropriate riddle sheets. (I print them on 2 sides).  Now stand back and enjoy the giggles. 

You may also like these holiday resources: