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What are BOOM Cards and How to Use Them


I've been using BOOM cards for a couple of years now in my first-grade classroom.  I absolutely love how easy they are to use and that they are self-correcting.  A few ways that I have used them in my classroom are:
  • Centers (review skills)
  • Whole Group (during our main lessons)
  • Guided Reading (word work)
  • Fast Finishers
  • Distance Learning

What are BOOM Cards?

Boom cards are:
  • Digital Task Cards
  • Self-Grading
  • Hosted at boomlearning.com
  • Free to use as Fast Play
  • Paid version to get the grading option
  • fun and engaging

How to set up a BOOM account

Setting up an account is easy!  Here is a video that shows a quick start guide to getting started with Boom Learning!  You can check out their Youtube channel for all sorts of videos to help you get started with Boom Cards!  To learn more, go to their  Youtube Channel.

Types of Boom cards

There are 4 different activities that can be done with Boom Cards.  Some cards only have one type of activity and others may use several types of activities.

1. Drag and Drop

The drag and drop feature, students will use their finger/mouse to move words/pictures etc. on the screen.  Here is a sample from one of my Sight Word Books using the drag and drop feature.  In this activity, students have to move the correctly spelled word "away" into the sentence.


2. Text Boxes

When using text boxes, students will type in an answer.  Here is another example from one of my Sight Word Books.  The students have to type in the word "look" on each slide.

3.  Clicking the Correct Answer 

In the above example, the students have to do more than one action.  They type in the word "look" and then they have to click on the correct picture.

4.  Multiple Choice

Cards can also have multiple choice answers.  Here is a sample of a multiple-choice task card. 


Are you ready to check out a deck?  Here is a FREE deck for you to try!


Looking to get the entire bundle of Sight Word BOOM Cards?  You can check them out here!



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!