Geography Boom Cards

Geography Boom Cards

Hey, y'all. Are we done with quarantine yet? Maybe it's my wanderlust, maybe it's the fact that I love this states bundle, but I felt the need to create some geography Boom cards. 

The first set is a simple identify-the-state set. All 50 states are included. Each set is multiple choice and self correcting. You can easily see how well your students did with the teacher page on Boom.


The second set reviews state capitals


And the third set reviews continents and oceans. All three sets are available on the Boom Learning website as well as on TPT.


The beauty of Boom cards is that these can be used:
  • whole group on a computer or Smart board
  • in a center
  • one-on-one with students who need a refresher
  • as printable task cards or discussion cards
  • as exit tickets, just print and copy
I hope you found some new ideas for your classroom. I'm always adding new resources so check back often for new ideas. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Stay sweet,

Mindful Classroom Boom Cards

Boom Cards for the Mindful Classroom

Hey, y'all. In thinking about next year, I'm wanting to be able to create a mindful classroom in a fun way. I read this book a couple of summers ago and it made me rethink how I approached some things in my classroom. We've done mindful breathing and yoga movement breaks, but I also want to be able to review behavior in a way that sticks with my kids.

So, I made some behavior task cards for Boom Learning. Students read the description of the behavior (and use the visual support as needed), then decide if the behavior is a good choice or a bad choice. There are 20 different behavior examples covering walking in the hallway, keeping the chair down, using inside voices, and being nice to others.


I also made some cards reviewing big problem vs. little problem. Some of my most...boisterous... students have a hard time understanding the difference, so repeated review of these cards will help with student perception of certain issues. This deck includes 20 different scenarios, half of them big problems and half little problems.


Of course, deciding if it's a big problem or a little problem is just the beginning. Students also need to know what to do about it. The next set of cards gives students a scenario and two response options. Students decide which reaction is the best option. 


At the beginning of the year (and anytime kids need a refresher), it's important to review proper school bus behavior. We certainly don't want our students having an issue on the bus and starting the whole day off on the wrong foot. That's where these bus rules Boom cards come in handy. Students can learn about acceptable behavior on the bus and set their day up for success. This would be a great whole class or center review just before a field trip as well. 


One of my favorite sets is this yoga moves set. There are 28 different poses, but the program plays ten at a time randomly. That way the kids have a different sequence each time and it doesn't become mindless. This is great for a whole group break, for fast finishers, or for anyone needing time in the cool down corner. The cards can even be printed and put in a photo album if you don't want the kiddo in the cool down corner using a tech device, or if you'd like to post them around the room.  


The beauty of Boom cards is that these can be used:
  • whole group on a computer or Smart board
  • in a center
  • one-on-one with students who need a refresher
  • as printable task cards or discussion cards
  • as exit tickets, just print and copy
I hope you found some new ideas for your classroom. I'm always adding new resources so check back often for new ideas. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Stay sweet,

Even More Digital Science and Social Studies Units


Even More Digital Resources for Google Classroom™

Hey, y'all! A couple weeks ago I shared some new resources for use with Google Classroom. My second graders are loving these units and they are so easy to assign for distance learning at home or  blended learning in the classroom. 


The Solar System unit is super fun. It gives a description of each planet and different space things like meteors, comets, and stars. Students read and respond on each slide, build their own constellations, compare and contrast different planets, and more. 


The Continents and Oceans unit covers reading, writing, science, and social studies standards. Each slide describes a continent or ocean and includes a link for more information with a writing response space. Students compare and contrast different places, write about where they'd want to go, and take a short geography quiz in Google forms (read: self-grading). 


States of Matter is one of my most in-demand STEAM Units and now it has a digital version! Teachers are loving these interactive lessons. Each slide includes a reading passage (use Google extensions to have it read aloud to students), a short question, and a writing response area. These Google Classroom resources are great for integrating subjects and allowing students to work at their own pace.  


One of my favorite station units for the end of the year is now digital. The hands on crafts/steam challenges are in this original unit. The digital version includes reading passages with writing response prompts. It's a short and sweet unit that explains the difference between Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.

My students are enjoying each of these units in Google Classroom. It's so easy for them to use the text to speech function if they are having a hard time reading. And the writing responses allow me to check for understanding and for them to connect with the text. (And there's less paper!) It's a win-win.

I'm always adding new resources so check back often for new units. I hope you have a wonderful week!

Stay sweet,

Second Grade Spelling Boom Cards


Second Grade Spelling with Boom Learning 

Hey, y'all. I was needing a creative way for students to continue to practice spelling words at home in a way that I could still check their work. Boom Cards allow me follow my students' progress and gives them a fun way to keep working on spelling. 


Our district uses the program Into Reading by Houghton Mifflin. These cards follow the weekly spelling list my students have (minus the review words). So each deck includes 14 new cards. I've added all the cards needed for the rest of the school year, and I'm starting next year's list. 

Each 3-week module has a different background, making it easy to see if students are working in the right unit, and it provides some novelty to each unit.

If you don't use HMH Into Reading, you can still easily find a list that works for you. Each set is titled with the spelling pattern it covers, making it easy to rearrange if needed. 


You can also differentiate your spelling practice easily by assigning different decks to different sets of students. My high group needs a different list than my lower kids. Assigning different decks is a quick and easy way to differentiate without the kids even realizing it. 

You can find all of the spelling decks on TPT here. More new resources are being added all the time, so check back frequently. You never know what you're going to find. Have a great week and I'll talk to you soon. 

Stay sweet,

Country Research Project for Use With Google Classroom


Country Research for Use with Google Classroom™

Hey, y'all! One of the best things I've done with my students during this distance learning endeavor has been to provide more open-ended projects. I'll admit, I was scared to do it before, but my littles are rising to the occasion!

I hope to continue using Google Classroom when we return to "normal" for several reasons: less paper, more flexibility, less likely to lose assignments...


The first real assignment my 2nd graders are getting in Google Classroom this year is the Country Research Project. We would have done it with paper and pencil during this unit for reading and social studies. But doing it through Google Classroom opens up a whole other world of possibilities for students to really research their places. 


I can't wait to see what their final products look like! If you'd like a copy of this for your students, you can find it here. I'll be adding more resources like this to my store frequently over the next few weeks so be sure to check in often. 

I hope you found some new ideas for you classroom. Have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon.

Stay sweet,