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BOOM Cards- A Perfect Task Card!

by Stem_ED

You read that right- Boom cards are the perfect task card. Interactive, colorful, self-checking, and fun!

Have you tried a Boom deck yet?

BOOM Task Cards are a perfect interactive practice with immediate feedback. Just assign to students and let them enjoy the colorful backgrounds and scenes as they practice many skills.

More reasons to try this perfect task card!

Let’s take a close look at why Boom cards are so great!

  • No printing, no cutting, no laminating. (Yes, we love our normal printable task cards, but we also love easy- #right.)
  • No worry about ink- which goes back to no printing! I am having so much fun designing background scenes for the sets. Printing any of these would just not work!
  • Self-checking! When a student hits the wrong answer they get immediate feedback.
  • Students can complete Boom cards anywhere- as long as they have access to the Internet and a personal device.
  • You can assign decks through Google Classroom or many other online platforms.
  • You can use partial decks if you need differentiation. A lot of my decks have easier problems to start and then get progressively more difficult. You can assign students to complete the sections needed.
  • You can display a deck on your smartboard and have the class use the task cards as a whole group!

What do you need to get started?

You and your students will need:

  • You need a computer, tablet, Chromebook, or interactive whiteboard.
  • You need an internet browser that is less than 3 years old. Safari and Chrome both work.
  • You must have an internet connection.

You must also have a Boom account:

Boom Learning offers a 90-day free trial.

If you only use Fast Pins, a free account is all you need. If you need to set up classes and access data from student accounts, you will need the $15 account.

Here is a link to Boom to read more: Boom Cards Overview This link will give you more information and also share the different levels of accounts you can try. Remember, you can just opt to use the FREE level! (Perfect task cards right?)

Now, let’s look at some of my sets!

BOOM Task Cards are a perfect interactive practice with immediate feedback. This set features Animal Adaptations with photographs of animals showing different forms.
BOOM Task Cards are a perfect interactive practice with immediate feedback. This set features Landforms. Images are photos or clipart.

These two are from my Science Boom card line and I love them both. One is for Animal Adaptations and one is for Landforms. Both have photos and clipart. The colors are gorgeous, aren’t they?

BOOM Task Cards are a perfect interactive practice with immediate feedback. This set features Division with a space decor theme.
BOOM Task Cards are a perfect interactive practice with immediate feedback. This set features finding factors and multiples with a dot person classroom theme!

The two above are both math sets. Both are fourth grade level, but can easily be used for upper third graders or fifth graders that need practice. The space-themed set features division and the classroom-themed set features finding factors and multiples.

BOOM Task Cards are a perfect interactive practice with immediate feedback. This set features Animal Adaptations with photographs of animals showing different forms.
BOOM Task Cards are a perfect interactive practice with immediate feedback. This set features practice for finding area and perimeter.

These two sets are both for third graders. The “monster” themed set is addition and subtraction. The area and perimeter set features grids and a flower theme.

BOOM Task Cards are a perfect interactive practice with immediate feedback. This set features solving problems using Order of Operations with a zoo theme.
BOOM Task Cards are a perfect interactive practice with immediate feedback. This set features finding the volume of shapes.

And, finally, grade five sets! The zoo-theme on the left features solving problems using order of operations. I love the decor on this one! On the right is a set about finding the volume of 3-D shapes and I used dot people and watercolor decor.

I have so many sets in each grade level and add more all the time. My holiday sets are my current favorites because of the fun backgrounds!

You can see my Boom sets in the two places linked below or you can click on any of the images on this post!

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BOOM Task Cards are a perfect interactive practice with immediate feedback. Just assign to students and let them enjoy the colorful backgrounds and scenes as they practice many skills.

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Christmas STEM Challenges

by Stem_ED

Christmas has come early this year! I’ve combined two of my favorite things – STEM and Christmas – into one powerhouse activity pack for kids.

These five brand new Christmas STEM challenges are perfect to use with small groups or centers. From holiday geoboard designs to North Pole LEGO building challenges, these five STEM challenges are Saint Nick-approved!

Grab your set in our shop or on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Use geoboards to make fun holiday shapes like reindeer, gifts, snowflakes, and mittens.

Then have kids record their holiday shapes on their geoboard record sheets.

It’s an awesome way to work on counting pegs and scaling images.

Next, challenge kids to help Santa and his elves with 15 North Pole themed LEGO Challenges!

Make Santa another mailbox. (His old one is full!)

Build Santa a new workshop. (He needs space to make new toys!)

Create a toy car that really moves. (The elves need help making gifts!)

Build Santa a new writing table. (So he can work on his naughty and nice lists!)

Make some sweet 2D shapes with toothpicks and gumdrops.

(The only way elves make them!)

Do a sweet candy cane experiment to learn about changing states of matter.

Elf scientists will love watching the solid candy canes dissolve into liquid.

Then add some holiday math to your centers by helping the elves add up their Christmas ornaments with a fun roll, add and color challenge sheet!

Grab Your Pack

Jump into the holiday spirit! Snag your Christmas STEM Challenges in our shop or on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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One Day in Summer by Shari Low

by Stem_ED

One Day in Summer, One Day, One Day in December… all great books with the premise of taking place on the same day or the same day every year or just a special day where a story began.

One Day in Summer is Agnetha McMaster’s birthday. She is turning 45 and her one day begins with breakfast in bed served by her twin daughters. (Skye and Isla are about 20 years old.) While eating her breakfast, Aggs notices the two girls have added a photo to a nearby frame. The picture is of Aggs at age 22 stretched out in a bikini on a shore in Malibu, far away from her home in Glasgow. What happened to that carefree girl she once was?

What happened on that one day in summer long ago?

One Day in Summer by Shari Low- a romantic, yet funny book about Aggs and her twin daughters, her ex-husband and the best friend that caused her divorce.

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The summer long ago was a vacation for Agnetha and her best friend, Celeste. The plan was to travel in America until their money was gone or their Visas expired. Things change when they meet two young men Zac and Aaron. The girls move into Zac’s apartment and things are going great. In fact, Aggs and Aaron have a serious relationship. Serious, as in, a possible marriage.

Yet, the girls return to Glasgow. Aggs marries Mitchell and Celeste pursues a career. Aggs has the twins and everything is really perfect. Until Mitchell’s success as a lawyer entices Celeste back into their lives. And them bam, Aggs and Mitchell divorce and he marries Celeste!

What a tangled mess this becomes, of course.

Now, I must tell you about the style of this book. Part of the charm of this book is the way the story unfolds. It begins at 8 am and the events of a two-hour span are told from the point of view of Agnetha or Celeste or Mitchell. Some of those chapters tell the story of Aggs and Celeste during their summer in the USA.

And intertwined with these stories is the story of Hope. Hope is a young woman that was adopted as an infant and has found information that may lead to finding her biological father. But, back to the one day…

As the one day in summer continues you will discover that Aggs is being pampered by all her friends for a surprise party later in the evening. You also will find that she has joined a grief group due to the deaths of her parents and met a man there she fancy.

You will also learn just what a manipulative, scheming person Celeste was and how she creates drama everywhere. You will find Aggs to be a selfless person that always thinks of others and has a l ow self esteem even though she is quite beautiful to her friends. Her daughters are completely different. Mitchell is a busy lawyer that rarely stops working. And, have I mentioned how awful Celeste is?

Somehow all these characters will come together on this one day in the life of Aggs. Don’t forget that Hope might be part of this story, too! I really enjoyed this book. I give it 4 stars- it kept me reading because I couldn’t wait to see how this one day in summer ended. Definitely try this one- it’s a fun read with characters you will love (except for Celeste)!

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My rating system: 5 stars means perfection- the book was written well, held my attention, and I did not want it to end. 4 stars- the book was really good, but I had questions or concerns about parts of it. This might include the way it ended. 3 stars- the book was okay, but I just didn’t like it much. 2 stars- I skimmed most of it. 1 star- I could not finish it.

One Day in Summer by Shari Low- a romantic, yet funny book about Aggs and her twin daughters, her ex-husband and the best friend that caused her divorce.

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