Reflections and Resources from Tarheelstate Teacher: May 2017
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Task Cards are Going Digital with Boom Learning!

Have you gone digital or paperless in your classroom? Are you using Google Classroom or Google Drive Apps with your students? Are you lucky enough to be in a 1 to 1 device or 1 to 1 laptop situation or do you still have to sign up to reserve the computer cart? Well, I've just started diving into a new educational app and website that you can use with your students called Boom Learning that can help you go digital more often and paperless (at least some of the time!).
My 4th grade and 5th grade task cards have gone digital with a new interactive platform called Boom Learning! Digital task cards are  especially awesome for math centers, math stations, whole group lessons, and differentiation. If you've been looking for alternatives to Google Drive or Google Classroom--you probably want to check this out! Are you going paperless in your classroom (or at least trying to reduce your copies at school)? I'll give you options for getting the pdf printable versions as well as the digital versions so that you will have the choice for how you use them in your classroom!
I have wanted to format my math task cards for digital uses for a while now, and a few weeks ago when I was ready to delve in, I happened across Boom Learning. It truly was a star-crossed kismet event because all of a sudden, I found an easy way to make digital task cards accessible for students and teachers! I've truly fallen in love with Boom Learning and have formatted quite a few of my math task cards on the Boom platform.

Best of all, Teachers Pay Teachers has given teacher authors the green light to list Boom Learning task cards in our teachers pay teachers store. {I'll tell you how that works in just a bit!}

Don’t get me wrong—I LOOOOOOOOVE paper-based task cards, especially because they allow me to easily differentiate for a wide-range of abilities during math workshop. However, I have also recognized a need for digital options that allow teachers to make task cards more engaging with the added possibility of instant feedback. And, most importantly, I am thinking about how I can use digital task cards to create better differentiation opportunities for teachers. {Think--sending different task card sets to different groups of students--yes this is possible on Boom Learning!}.

I especially LOVED creating a digital format of my "What's My Error?" error analysis task cards because the "instant feedback" feature allows students to pin point the error on the task card, input the correct multiplication answer, and get immediate feedback! Students really have to analyze the work carefully, but the instant feedback adds the FUN element to an already awesome task card set.

Click here or on the image to give the What's My Error Task Cards a try!

My 4th grade and 5th grade task cards have gone digital with a new interactive platform called Boom Learning! Digital task cards are especially awesome for math centers, math stations, whole group lessons, and differentiation. If you've been looking for alternatives to Google Drive or Google Classroom--you probably want to check this out! Are you going paperless in your classroom (or at least trying to reduce your copies at school)? I'll give you options for getting the pdf printable versions as well as the digital versions so that you will have the choice for
Now, I will be the first to admit that I have a lot to learn about going digital, but I can already see myself incorporating these self-checking task cards into stations, whole group instruction, and partner activities. I love that while I’m working with a small group or a few students who need additional instruction, my other learners can work through the digital task cards and get instant feedback! No more standing in line waiting for me to check their answer sheets!

You can find all of the task cards that are currently BOOM READY by checking out my Boom Cards category on TPT. {I highly recommend doing this because it may include some task cards that you have ALREADY purchased that I have added the FREE Boom Learning link to.}

MORE ABOUT BOOM LEARNING

Boom Cards play on modern browsers (browser must have been released or updated in the last three years) on interactive whiteboards, computers, and tablets. A Boom Learning app is also available for Apple products and Chrome Books/android devices.

Not sure your browser is modern enough? Click here to try a free Boom Cards deck. 

My 4th grade and 5th grade task cards have gone digital with a new interactive platform called Boom Learning! Digital task cards are  especially awesome for math centers, math stations, whole group lessons, and differentiation. If you've been looking for alternatives to Google Drive or Google Classroom--you probably want to check this out! Are you going paperless in your classroom (or at least trying to reduce your copies at school)? I'll give you options for getting the pdf printable versions as well as the digital versions so that you will have the choice for how you use them in your classroom!
When you redeem your purchase, Boom Learning opens an account for you if you do not already have one. For TpT customers new to Boom Cards, Boom Learning will give you a free upgraded account for one year that lets you track student progress for up to 80 students. At the end of that year, you may choose to renew your account. If you do not renew, you will still be able to continue using Boom Cards with the Fast Play feature. You will have access to all boom cards that you have previously purchased or have been given access to.

Are you ready to give Boom Learning Digital Task Cards a try?
 Try BOOM LEARNING DIGITAL TASK CARDS free with this preview link!

GET STARTED WITH BOOM LEARNING BY CREATING A FREE ACCOUNT!

When you redeem your purchase, Boom Learning opens an account for you if you do not already have one. For TpT customers new to Boom Cards, Boom Learning will give you a free upgraded account for one year that lets you track student progress for up to 80 students. At the end of that year, you may choose to renew your account. If you do not renew, you will still be able to continue using Boom Cards with the Fast Play feature. You will have access to all boom cards that you have previously purchased or have been given access to.

This includes FREE ACCESS that I am giving you if you have already purchased my task cards that have been updated with a Boom Learning access Link.

My 4th grade and 5th grade task cards have gone digital with a new interactive platform called Boom Learning! Digital task cards are  especially awesome for math centers, math stations, whole group lessons, and differentiation. If you've been looking for alternatives to Google Drive or Google Classroom--you probably want to check this out! Are you going paperless in your classroom (or at least trying to reduce your copies at school)? I'll give you options for getting the pdf printable versions as well as the digital versions so that you will have the choice for how you use them in your classroom!

My 4th grade and 5th grade task cards have gone digital with a new interactive platform called Boom Learning! Digital task cards are  especially awesome for math centers, math stations, whole group lessons, and differentiation. If you've been looking for alternatives to Google Drive or Google Classroom--you probably want to check this out! Are you going paperless in your classroom (or at least trying to reduce your copies at school)? I'll give you options for getting the pdf printable versions as well as the digital versions so that you will have the choice for how you use them in your classroom!

This won't be the last time that I chat with you about Digital Task Cards and how to use Boom Learning, but today, I just wanted to make sure that you know you should go dig in to your TPT purchases and redownload those task cards if you have purchased any of mine!
My 4th grade and 5th grade task cards have gone digital with a new interactive platform called Boom Learning! Digital task cards are  especially awesome for math centers, math stations, whole group lessons, and differentiation. If you've been looking for alternatives to Google Drive or Google Classroom--you probably want to check this out! Are you going paperless in your classroom (or at least trying to reduce your copies at school)? I'll give you options for getting the pdf printable versions as well as the digital versions so that you will have the choice for how you use them in your classroom!
These Task Cards are BOOM LEARNING ready!
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Go digital with Boom Learning digital interactive World Biomes Multiple choice review game!
Note: For helping to get the word out about Boom Learning and sharing my experience with the site, Boom Learning will be giving me a membership to the site for one year. However, even if this were not the case, I would still tell you all about the digital task cards that I have created and shared with my TPT buyers through the Boom Learning digital format. I truly have fallen in love with how Boom Learning has allowed me to GO DIGITAL. Really guys, I've created over 20 sets of Boom Decks based on my existing task cards in just two weeks! I wouldn't work that hard on something I wasn't passionate about!

Songs for 5th Grade Graduation Ceremony

Are you searching for graduation songs for your 5th grade students "moving up" ceremony? I've got a pretty good list of 16 songs that will pep up your graduation slide show and make any teacher or parent tear up as they think about the memories they've shared with a group of students. Read on for graduation songs to spark some ideas for your slideshow and musical performances during your moving up ceremony!
Are you searching for graduation songs for your 5th grade students "moving up" ceremony? I've got a pretty good list of 16 songs that will pep up your graduation slide show and make any teacher or parent tear up as they think about the memories they've shared with a group of students. I've got 16 graduation songs to spark some ideas for your slideshow and musical performances during your moving up ceremony!
During my 11 years of teaching, 6 years were spent in 5th grade. Now, that's really just a little bit more than 1/2. (Yes, my love of fractions persists!) But, the truth is, even when I was a 4th grade teacher, I would call myself a 5th grade teacher in a 4th grade teacher's body.

You see, 2 of the 4 years that I taught 4th graders, I really taught them because I had an ulterior motive--my grade level was looping back and forth from 4th to 5th. I was fortunate enough to get to loop twice and I highly recommend it if you ever get the chance, as looping created the most amazing experiences of my teaching career over anything else that I could name on that list.

You see, when you loop with kiddos, you get to spend two years with them. Yes, even the ones that drive you bonkers--if they choose to stay with you--and most of my students always chose to stay with me for another year.

Spending two years with the same group of students really intensified all the reasons I became a teacher in the first place. I got two years to make an impact! I had the opportunity during that second year to tweak things that didn't go so well, to meet the needs of my struggling learners even more, and to let loose and have a little more fun now and again because SO MUCH TIME is SAVED by looping. I dare say, my first loop back to 5th grade was when I became a teacher who could relax a little. And those kiddos that drove me bonkers, well they made the most social, emotional, and academic growth that second year and really were worth the "trouble". 

Now, I didn't pop in today to tell you all about looping, but that part about being a 5th grade teacher at heart is REALLY important. So, if you are a 5th grade teacher, I might just know what you are going through right now.

...your students are driving you bonkers because all of their hormones are imploding on their psyche...

...all of a sudden, they seem more like their middle school brother or sister or their own fabrication of what being a middle schooler looks like and less like that little kid you met at the beginning of the year...

...and most of all, you are starting to realize how much you are going to miss them as you send them off to "the unknown" of middle school.

I feel ya! And, I feel you even harder because I was always the 5th grade teacher who put our grade-level slideshow together for our 5th grade ceremony. I had to compile the music and the pictures into a powerpoint, complete with entrances and exits and fun animations (and HOURS of watching it again and again to edit #allthethings).

I'd like to be able to say creating the slideshow meant that I was able to be stone-cold during the ceremony--but no, I could never keep a dry eye as I sat thinking about our year (or two) together and all the memories and accomplishments my students had made--but most of all, just thinking about the sound of their voices or their funny personalities is what would bring me to tears.

So, what songs were my absolute favorite for including in our 5th grade slideshow and "moving up" ceremony?

1) Forever Young by Bob Dillan (This version is my ULTIMATE FAVORITE! Ohhh, the lyrics!)

2) Forever Young by Rod Stewart

Are you searching for graduation songs for your 5th grade students "moving up" ceremony? I've got a pretty good list of 16 songs that will pep up your graduation slide show and make any teacher or parent tear up as they think about the memories they've shared with a group of students. I've got 16 graduation songs to spark some ideas for your slideshow and musical performances during your moving up ceremony! There's also a Pepsi Commercial with Will.i.am that deserves recognition on this list! It's a more upbeat rendition of Forever Young that I've definitely used a few times.

3) My Wish by Rascal Flatts

4) I Will Remember You by Sarah McLachlan

5) Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day

6) I Hope Your Dance by Lee Ann Womack

***7) The World's Greatest by R. Kelly

***8) I Believe I Can Fly R. Kelly

***9) Hall of Fame by the Scripts featuring Will.i.am (gives me chills to hear students sing these three!)

10) Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts

11) Dynamite by Taio Cruz

12) The Time of My Life by Black Eyed Peas

*** During our 5th grade ceremony, our students always performed the school song and one or two others that we had chosen. These three are the top songs our music teacher taught our 5th graders to perform during our 5th grade recognition ceremony. Apparently, we've got a thing for R. Kelly?!?!?

10-12 are some of the peppy songs we like to start our slideshows off with.

I guess for today's slideshow, you could add "Happy" and "Can't stop the Feeling" to this list. (I've not used these yet since it's been a few years since I sent off a group of 5th graders.) "Best Day of My Life" by American Authors is another favorite of mine, and I'll add some Imagine Dragons "On Top of the World" for good measure. Believe me, you need these peppy songs to balance out the sappy ones that are going to make everyone cry it out!

I really could go on and on. I love music...and sappy songs with lots of symbolism...But, from this list, I think I've given you the best that I can recall from years of "send-off" ceremonies.

I made a youtube playlist that you can access that includes most of these songs.

I guess one of our goals during the 5th grade ceremony was always to make the parents, grandparents, friends, and family members cry. Well, when thinking about how fast the elementary years go by (seriously, in the blink of an eye, a year or even two were over with a group of kiddos! I could always only imagine how it felt for parents to have a child enter as a kindergartner and now watch them pass one of their biggest milestones--leaving elementary school.

So, there you have it--a list of more than 16 songs that are perfect for any 5th grade graduation or 5th grade moving up ceremony. Do you have a favorite song that you use for your 5th grade "moving on"  or 5th grade graduation ceremony?

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