Teachers everywhere are figuring out how to bring learning into the homes of students, and we are rocking it!  Distance Teaching is currently the new normal, and technology is our biggest and best tool.

While researching ways that I can help, I stumbled upon the Boom Learning website, where you can play Boom Cards.  Boom Cards are interactive digital resources that kiddos can access on tablets, computers, and mobile devices that are connected to the internet.  They are self-checking, require zero prep, and provide instant feedback to teachers.  Sounds great, right? Especially as we navigate teaching virtually!  More on how to create a Boom account later! ;)

Since discovering Boom Cards, I got to work!  I am really proud of my new set, Read & Sequence.  I'd love to show you a little more about it!

On each Read & Sequence card, students will read a short story and look at the pictures, and then number the pictures in order of events.  On Boom, kiddos can simply click and drag each number over the correct picture!  Sequencing is an essential reading comprehension strategy, and these 3-step sequencing cards are awesome practice!  When kiddos are ready, they will hit the green "submit" button.  If the answers are correct, the next card will appear.  If answers are incorrect, they'll have a chance to correct any mistakes.

As noted in the picture, there are 24 short stories included.  So as not to overwhelm students, I separated the cards into four decks of six story cards each.  Kiddos can choose a deck to complete.  When they are done, they'll be directed back to the menu, where they can choose another deck or take a little break.

These digital task cards are PERFECT for Distance Learning, and they would be great in the classroom as well!  They are engaging and can be completed individually.  It would make an awesome learning center or small group activity!  

So how do you access my interactive Read & Sequence cards?  You can purchase them from my TpT shop, where you will download a PDF with a special link, or you can buy them right on Boom.  This set is also included in a money saving BUNDLE on TpT!

To PLAY your Boom cards, you'll need to sign-up for an account on Boom Learning.  To help teachers everywhere, they are offering FREE Ultimate memberships through June 2020.  And to be honest, the membership fee after that is very reasonably priced at just $15 to $35 per year (depending on how many students you'd need to add).

To get set with your free extended trial, just head to Boom Learning and follow the instructions on this fancy graphic:

I am not affiliated with Boom Learning at all, by the way!  I just think this platform is an awesome way to 1) utilize technology in your classroom and 2) assign work during this Learn at Home phase!

Feel free to pin the image below to save this post for later or share it with your teacher friends! :)

If you've been following me for awhile, then you already know that I LOVE to craft. So when I was given the opportunity to partner with Cricut, I jumped at the chance!  They asked me to create some fun DIY classroom projects using their Cricut Maker machine.  I'm so excited to share my first project with you! 
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Choosing what to make first was the hardest part of the whole process-- seriously! Cricut makes it extremely easy to learn how to use their machines.  You can find tutorials on their site, and each machine comes with an example project and instructions so you can get a feel for how it works.  There are also various tutorials around the web for all different kinds of crafts.

For my first project, I decided to make a classroom birthday board.  I am in LOVE with how it turned out!  If you want to make your own, keep reading for a supply list and step-by-step instructions.

You will need the following materials to complete this project:


1. Paint one cupcake for each month on the wood pallet.  I made myself a little stencil and painted all the bottoms first, then all the middles, and so on.  You could also choose another shape, like balloons, stars, etc.  Allow paint to dry.

2. In Cricut Design Space, choose your fonts and images. If you'd like your sign to look like mine, HERE is the link to my design. Be sure to size everything appropriately to fit the wood piece that you are working with.

*Tip: If using two different colors of vinyl, change the colors of your images in Design Space and Cricut will automatically place them on separate cutting mats.

3. Select "Make It" then set the material to "Shimmer Vinyl."  Load the blade into the machine if it's not already.

4. Place your vinyl on the machine mat, shimmer side up.  Load the mat into the machine using the flashing arrow button.  Then press the flashing Cricut symbol to start cutting!

5. Peel the finished vinyl from the mat and remove any negative pieces from your design with a weeding tool.  Your design images should remain on the liner.

6. After weeding, cut the elements of your design into separate parts (I separated each month so I had 12 pieces, and did the title in two parts).  Place transfer tape over the design elements and use the scraper tool to transfer the design from the liner to the tape.  Peel the transfer tape up carefully to remove the original vinyl liner.

7. Lay the design elements on top of the wood pallet where you want them to go.  Press down with your hand and then burnish really well with the scraper tool.  Lift off the transfer tape.

8. Measure and cut lengths of ribbon.  Hot glue to the back of the wood pallet so they hang beneath each month.

And that's it! From there you can add clothespins with student names and birthdays, and clip them to the ribbon.  Hang your birthday board in your classroom and ENJOY your hard work!

If you want to save this project for the future, feel free to pin the image below!

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