Why Should You Use Boom Cards?
Have you heard of Boom cards? They are self-checking digital task cards that can be played on tablets, computers, and even smartphones. They range from answering single or multiple questions, filling in the blanks, and dragging and dropping the answers. They are self-checking, so students get immediate feedback, and they will be given points when they complete the cards, adding the element of playing a game.
I believe in mixing up multiple methods of teaching, and Boom cards are definitely a must-have in the classroom. The element of variety, the sense of fun and games, and let me be honest, the relative ease for me to check on participation, performance and progress are all key features for me 🙂
Have I persuaded you already? Well, if not, here are some more reasons why I think Boom cards are amazing:
- They are fun and engaging.
- They can be accessed anywhere.
- Students get immediate feedback.
- Teachers get live progressive reports.
- Differentiation is easy as you can assign different cards to different students.
- You can save time (and make the Earth happy) by skipping the printing, copying, cutting, and laminating.
First Grade Grammar Boom Cards
- subject-verb agreement (action verbs)
- subject-verb agreement (linking verbs)
- verb tenses (present, past, future)
- types of sentences
- regular past tense
- personal pronouns
- possessive pronouns
- indefinite pronouns
- common nouns
- proper nouns
- possessive nouns
- plural nouns
- commas (dates and series)
- multiple meaning words
- inflectional endings
- shades of meaning
- ABC order
- determiners (articles a, an)
- determiners (articles a, an, the)
- determiners (demonstratives)
Learn More About Boom Cards
I have made a few videos that will help you get started. The first one shows you what Boom cards are and why you should try them, and the second video will give you a thorough guideline to get you started on Boom. You can follow along, step by step, from signing up to assigning decks to checking on your students’ progress.
More Grammar Resources
Whilst I love digital resources, I do know that the most effective methods often involve mixing-up multiple forms of tools and resources to create a compelling set of activities for students. With that in mind, I am sharing the links here to a variety of different resources of mine. I hope that you are able to enjoy some or all of them. These resources are directly-related to the Boom cards above and will help substantiate your students’ learning 🙂
Free Boom Cards
If you are new to Boom cards, you can try my freebies to get a little taste of the Boom world.
Just open a free Boom Learning account, and start playing the cards! Free accounts include the ability to assign Boom cards to unlimited students without progress reports using the Fast Play pin option available in the Library. You can watch this short clip to learn how to use Fast Pins.
If you’d like get the live monitoring feature added to your account, which I strongly recommend, you can pay a small yearly fee and sign up for the Power Membership. Trust me, differentiation and assessment will become a thousand times easier 🙂 Students will have fun learning, and all of the data will be at your fingertips. Perfect!