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Using BOOM Cards for your Guided Reading Groups

Over the years,  I have used my absolute FAVORITE product that I created in my daily guided reading instruction.  That product is The Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit.  You can read more about it HERE.

BOOM cards are a fun way to get your students engaged in your Guided Reading Lessons!  The cards can be completed in your small group before or after reading book.  This digital activity is perfect for kindergarten, first grade, or second grade teachers.


Now, with the urgent need of Remote Learning, I've started creating activities that would work similarly to the printable version of The Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit, but it is digital- using BOOM Decks.

I've just begun this process, and it's going to take a lot of time and creativity to do, but it will get done!

I'm using the BOOM Decks for Word Work activities right now, and I plan to make sets geared toward other skills such as reading strategies and comprehension skills.  Check out the BOOM Decks that I've finished so far!

To use these decks for Guided Reading, I would suggest you assign your decks to the students in your group first.  When they come to you either virtually or in the classroom, they will work through some of the BOOM Cards with you.  Then, they can finish their deck during center time later.

You would then continue on with your Guided Reading Lesson using books from your classroom or online.  These BOOM Decks do not contain books.

Also, the decks can be used outside of a Guided Reading Lesson.  They could be used as a review, used on a SmartBoard as a whole group lesson, or assigned to your students as a lesson on whatever skill you are working on.

BOOM cards are a fun way to get your students engaged in your Guided Reading Lessons!  The cards can be completed in your small group before or after reading book.  This digital activity is perfect for kindergarten, first grade, or second grade teachers.

If you are unfamiliar with BOOM Learning, you can check it out HERE!  Also here are a couple of great blog posts that describe how BOOM Learning works in great detail!


How to get your students BEGGING to do opinion writing!

Getting your students to enjoy opinion writing can happen using Who Would Win Books!  The teacher uses this mentor text and reads everything but the "battle" at the end!  The first grade, second grade, or third grade students will use graphic organizers to plan their writing using the facts they learned about each animal.  The book activities provided in this lesson plan are easy prep and fun for the students!  Check it out now! (#jdsrockinreaders #opinion writing)

When it is opinion writing time, do you hear your students moan and groan?  I've been there, and it's so disheartening!  I can help you with that though!  Writing time has become our favorite time in the classroom!  If we miss it for some reason, the kids are literally mad at me!  So, what can you do to get your students begging to write? 

One of my favorite writing lessons is an opinion writing lesson with Who Would Win? books by Jerry Pallotta.  He does an amazing job catching the interest of his readers with these books are perfect for the students to do some Opinion Writing!

Here is how I set it up to really getting the students excited and ready to write!  You can check out the lesson HERE!

7 STEPS TO FUN OPINION WRITING

1.  Capture interest!

I am using the book Alligator vs. Python for this example, but the same process can be used for any of his Who Would Win? books.  First, we read the book together and discuss all of the interesting facts about each animal.  I do not read the "battle" at the end!  That is what is going to build the excitement!  

2.  Review all of the facts!

I make each student a booklet that they will use for their opinion writing.  We read through the different facts that we learned and sort them whether they were the alligator or the python.

Getting your students to enjoy opinion writing can happen using Who Would Win Books!  The teacher uses this mentor text and reads everything but the "battle" at the end!  The first grade, second grade, or third grade students will use graphic organizers to plan their writing using the facts they learned about each animal.  The book activities provided in this lesson plan are easy prep and fun for the students!  Check it out now! (#jdsrockinreaders #opinion writing)

3.  Advantage checklist!

Next, we go through the advantage checklist and decide who has the advantage in each category.  This may vary depending on student responses and reasoning.

Getting your students to enjoy opinion writing can happen using Who Would Win Books!  The teacher uses this mentor text and reads everything but the "battle" at the end!  The first grade, second grade, or third grade students will use graphic organizers to plan their writing using the facts they learned about each animal.  The book activities provided in this lesson plan are easy prep and fun for the students!  Check it out now! (#jdsrockinreaders #opinion writing)

4.  Choose a "winner" and reasons!

Now, students can choose who they think will win the battle.  The will use the planning page to write who they think will win and then they will choose reasons WHY they think that animal will win and what might happen during the battle.

Getting your students to enjoy opinion writing can happen using Who Would Win Books!  The teacher uses this mentor text and reads everything but the "battle" at the end!  The first grade, second grade, or third grade students will use graphic organizers to plan their writing using the facts they learned about each animal.  The book activities provided in this lesson plan are easy prep and fun for the students!  Check it out now! (#jdsrockinreaders #opinion writing)

5.  Write your opinion!

Students are ready to write their opinion pieces now.  They will write an opening, reasons why they think that animal will win (what might happen), and a closing.

Getting your students to enjoy opinion writing can happen using Who Would Win Books!  The teacher uses this mentor text and reads everything but the "battle" at the end!  The first grade, second grade, or third grade students will use graphic organizers to plan their writing using the facts they learned about each animal.  The book activities provided in this lesson plan are easy prep and fun for the students!  Check it out now! (#jdsrockinreaders #opinion writing)

6.  Determining the winner!

Lastly, you will read the rest of the book to your students to see what happens during the battle!  They will be begging for more- trust me!

7.  Bonus!

Some students choose to write their own "battle" for the end of the book.  

Getting your students to enjoy opinion writing can happen using Who Would Win Books!  The teacher uses this mentor text and reads everything but the "battle" at the end!  The first grade, second grade, or third grade students will use graphic organizers to plan their writing using the facts they learned about each animal.  The book activities provided in this lesson plan are easy prep and fun for the students!  Check it out now! (#jdsrockinreaders #opinion writing)


I have lessons for the following Who Would Win Books!

This opinion writing lesson is one of my favorites that we do during the school year!  I do this with my first graders, however, this could be used in grades 1-4!  One of my other favorite writing lessons is my All About Reindeer Books- you can read about it HERE!



Leap Year and Leap Day Activities for Kids

2020 is a Leap Year!  I thought it would be fun to do some activities with my first graders this year!  You can check out these activities HERE or click on any picture!



Leap Day Anchor Chart and Book

You can display this anchor chart to remind students about leap day.   This book gives an introduction to what Leap Day is and students learn some fun facts about leap year and leap day.  

Make a Hat and do a Word Search!




True/False Game

I like to teach them some facts about Leap Day!  Here is a fun little true/false game you can play!



Directed Drawing

After we've learned some facts, we do a directed drawing of a frog and then write something we learned about leap year! It is so much fun!


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