Tuesday, 6 July 2021

BOOM Cards for Classroom and Distance Learning

 Are you looking for fun and engaging, self-checking digital activities for your students for both classroom and online learning? Then Boom Learning just might be the platform for you. There are a plethora of both free and paid decks (activities) that offer the perfect solution for hybrid learning at this time. A deck consists of a number of task cards. Here are some of the many features of Boom Cards that would be beneficial to both you and your students:

Benefits of Boom Cards in Your Classroom

  1. The game-like format keeps students excited, motivated and engaged in the learning situation
  2. Students work independently on tasks which are self-correcting.
  3. Decks are self-checking in that students are given instant feedback on each task
  4. Decks can be differentiated to the needs of your students
  5. Decks can be assigned to individual students or the entire group.
  6. You can play preview up to 4 cards of any deck for free
  7. Individual cards in a deck can be hidden or the entire deck assigned according to skills targeted
  8. Reports can be generated for each student
  9. These paperless decks make it cost effective
  10. Creating an account gives you access to thousands of decks on the platform
  11. Students can play decks in two modes: Fast Play (student progress is not recorded in this mode) or Hyperlinked (student progress is recorded). 
This is just a drop of the many positive features and benefits of using Boom cards in your classroom. For a more comprehensive explanation and to get further details on how you can begin to reap these benefits go to the Boom Learning website.

You can go to my store 'A Teacher's Idea' on the platform to search my available titles.

Here are a few of my paid Boom Cards hosted on Boom Learning that you can also try out for free today! Click the pictures to go directly to the decks! 

Beginning S Blends 

Diurnal vs Nocturnal Animals

Naming Fractions

Sunday, 4 July 2021

Our Healthy Classroom COVID-19 Safety Posters and Student Printables


Keep your students well informed about how they should keep their classroom germ-free and healthy. These 42 COVID-19 safety posters (21 colored;21 black 'n white) are great as a bulletin board display or they can be used as anchor charts for instruction when discussing the key rules of keeping themselves safe in their classroom. Reduced sizes are included for student notebooks. Print Only the posters that you need.

The following safety posters are included in colored and black and white:

•Cough or sneeze in elbow

•Cover your nose, mouth and chin (mask etiquette)

•Keep fingers out of mouth

•Eat your own food

•Keep objects out of mouth

•Keep fingers out of mouth

•Use hand sanitizers

•Wipe your surface

•Wear your mask

•Hands off your face

•Stay at your desk

•Wash hands with soap

•Wash hands for 20 seconds

•Rinse with water

•Use your own supplies

•Stay home when sick

•Greet from a distance

•Take your temperature

•Keep 6ft apart

•How to wear your mask

•How to wear your shield

Colored Posters

Black and white Posters

Colored Student Notebook Sheet

Click the picture below to go directly to the posters.

Monday, 28 June 2021

Understanding Patterns and Relationships in Math

 Teaching patterns to young children prepares them for the study of algebra which involves the understanding of patterns and relationships. A pattern is a series or objects, events or attributes that repeat based on an observable rule. A rule is a set way to calculate or solve the problem. Before children can even begin to interpret patterns they must be able to focus on one or more attributes of objects or situations. They must be able to make comparisons of similarities and differences in occurrences to establish relationships.

Patterns BOOM Cards

If you're looking for a great set of interactive task cards for practicing patterns then you have come to the right blog! Here are a few BOOM card decks available. In each activity students will drag and drop the correct picture to complete the pattern. The decks are available in six (6) patterns: AB, AAB, ABB, AABB, ABC and AABC patterns.

 There are four (4) different themes: farm animals theme. forest animals, bugs and insects and ocean animals theme.


Friday, 19 March 2021

Parts of A Sentence Anchor Charts

  Many students, at the early levels, struggle with writing simple and sentences. We constantly remind them of what a complete sentence looks like, but they still struggle to create their own correctly. A lot of work and repetition comes into play when it comes to sentence writing. It helps a lot when they are given the perfect visual clues and reminders to make the right connection. That's why I created these Parts of A Sentence Anchor Charts / Posters!

This resource includes 11 different anchor charts covering the parts of a sentence. Included are colored and black ‘n white full-page versions and mini versions. The mini versions are perfect for interactive notebooks, or students’ desks. They can also be used to guide your virtual teaching.

This pack includes:  

- Parts of a Sentence (5 posters)

-Subject of a Sentence

-Predicate of a Sentence

-Object of a Sentence

-Finding the Subject

-What is a Phrase

-What is a Clause

If you're interested in these posters click HERE

Monday, 24 August 2020

Parts of Speech Posters

So your students are having difficulty with identify the parts of speech of given words in sentences? Have they yet fully grasped how to identify the role of such words in sentences? Wonder no more with these eye-catching and informative Parts of Speech Posters including_

  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Pronouns
  • Conjunctions
  • Prepositions
  • Interjections

These posters were originally designed using high resolution images. They are 8.5 in x 11 in and formatted in landscape. 

These can be used as anchor charts, students notebook sheets or work reference charts .
Click here to purchase now!

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

School 2020 The New Normal

Are you a parent worrying about how your child will be able to function in the upcoming new school year? Or are you a teacher who worries about how the new normal in the classroom would be managed? In whatever position you're in there is so much uncertainty that it is more than worrisome!

Countries are racing to find the perfect or near-perfect plan to re-open schools safely. Some are pushed by parents who have to go back out to work and need the schools to be opened. Other countries open schools simply because they think that the worst is over and it's back to normal.

In Trinidad and Tobago, the recorded number of positive COVID cases have been successfully managed (137 cases to date) and our ministry of education has provided a guide to school's reopening on September 1st. The document outlines varying aspects of the school including a blended learning model similar to the hybrid model used in many US school districts. The plan may probably well be workable for some, however, for many there are perceived loopholes and major knots.

How to Prepare for the 'New Normal'

As a teacher I want to offer the following suggestions to get you ready on a personal level for the new normal. Ideally there are no definite steps to do so, however, the idea is that some form of preparation must be undertaken. If you have any other ideas please post them in the comments below.

1. Research

Get familiar with your school district policies and plans for the new school year. Research the suggested strategies such as blended learning, hybrid models etc. Highlight the key points that would help you 'see' what the new normal entails. Your research is two-fold: firstly, you should be able to glean the best strategies for the present situation, especially since you might have to prepare learning material to satisfy the online platform. Secondly, by doing your research you should have a wider picture of the new teaching environment and ideally, some comfort should be achieved. 

2. Training

Take it upon yourself to get familiar with the use of teaching and learning platforms. This can be  covered in your researching. Find out about the virtual world of teaching. Register for courses which can help with your understanding and build your skills set. Not every teacher knows how to create material, connect virtually or even send materials via the worldwide web. Now is the perfect time to get familiar with the internet and its capabilities!

3. Content Development

The quick-paced move by schools to offer blended learning means that you may not be provided with the necessary lessons and framework for it. This means that you may be forced to develop your own content and material if you are able to do so. Also, if none is provided for you then you may have to scour the internet to find free and paid resources.  The challenge of the hybrid model is that a teacher would need to prepare lesson materials for both face-to-face teaching and electronic transmission to students at home.

4. Evaluation

With the new normal, at least in my situation, evaluation of student learning leans toward formative assessment. No longer are we to use summative assessment or end of  term examinations to inform student learning. This isn't a bad idea at all! Essentially it would require planning with incremental steps in mind and using multiple modes of evaluation. I found this article which gives a lot of ideas for this COVID period.

Life during this pandemic is difficult for parents and children alike. Teachers are now faced with so many responsibilities and liabilities that it is frightening to say the least. As teachers there is always the sense of responsibility we hold for the education, health and overall safety of our charges. In this 'new normal' the simple things that we once took for granted in the classroom have now become worriable moments.

So how are you preparing for the new normal? Post your comment below!

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

African American Kids Clip Art

African American Girls Faces Clip Art
This set contains 24 girls portrait illustrations. There are fully colored images and includes related black line art versions.

African American Boys Faces Clip Art
This is a set of 12 boy portrait illustrations. There are fully colored and related black line art versions included.

African American Girls (Side Profile) Clip Art
This is a set of 24 African American Girls side view images. 

African American Boys (Side Profile) Clip Art
This is a set of 12 African American Boy images. Included are black line art versions.

African American Reading Kids Clip Art
This is a set of 19 black boys and girls reading at a desk. These are 300 png clipart images for both personal and commercial use.

There are a lot more clipart sets available at my TpT store! 
This is a set of African American Kids clip art images. These png images are high quality (300dpi) and are easily resizeable for your creative needs. All images were created by Nicole Hernandez and can be used for both personal and commercial uses. Terms of use are included.

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Washing Hands Sequence Clip Art Set

Washing our hands is one of the simplest ways we can help protect ourselves and others. For this reason, our students must be taught the proper steps and procedures from the start. I've created this washing hands sequence set of clip art to help illustrate the key steps (I created a total of twelve steps). There are 70 pieces and included are four different skin tones.

This set is available at my TPT store. Click HERE!

Friday, 17 July 2020

Non-Contact Thermometers PNG Clipart

This is a set of non-contact, (infrared) thermometer clipart images. There are 22 color options and includes the blackline version in all designs. Included are side view and screen views that show normal, slight and high temperature readings. 

Non-Contact (Infrared) Thermometers Clip Art for Personal and Commercial Use

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Building Blocks Clip Art for Printables


Are you looking for creative clip art for your math resources? This huge bundle is perfect for creating math printables. With this bundle you can 299 clipart png images created in 13 different styles and 23 color options including white filled.These styles are also offered separate. Alternatively, a classroom pack with 6 colors are available.


Saturday, 7 March 2020

Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales Clipart

Welcome to our growing collection of fairy tales clipart.  Each week a new title would be added. Our aim is to depict as many collections of both fairy tales and nursery rhymes as we possibly can. Single story sets are available as well as bundled sets.

All images come in both color and black and white.

Each image is a high quality png file created at 300 dpi to ensure easy layering into your projects.

Files come in zip format, therefore, you must know how to unzip files on your PC/Mac to retrieve them.
You will need software that supports the use of PNG files. 
All images were created by Nicole Hernandez and can be used for both personal and commercial uses under the regular terms of use. 
Purchasing this set does not transfer the copyright to you. You cannot claim the design as your own.
This license is non-transferable. This means you cannot transfer or give the license to anyone else, nor can you change the item that it applies to. Please refer to the terms of use enclosed in the file.

For further information simply click on the picture links which will take you to Teachers Pay Teachers.

Fairy Tale Bundle 1

Fairy Tales Bundle 2

Fairy Tale Clipart Bundle 3

Saturday, 21 December 2019

New Year 2020 Class Photo Props

We're heading into a brand new year 2020 and what a better way to begin than with a photo shoot! Yes! Raise the accountability bar for your students.  Get these beautiful New Year 2020 photo props to add pizzazz to those student accountability photos! 

Photo boot props are a fun and easy way to make your photos pop! Kick off those new year class goals and targets with these fun photo props!

To use these printables simply print on heavy card stock, color, cut then mount on a thin stick, stiff straw, a dowel or a wooden skewer. Students then hold the props up to have their photo taken.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Veterans Day Writing Activities

These folders and writing papers were designed to help commemorate Veterans Day. Have your students write their thoughts and reflections and use the enclosed folders to compile a wonderful keepsake for this memorable observance! You can get these here.

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