Is it really almost time to go back to school? I have always had a love-hate relationship with this time of year. I hate the thought of summer being almost over, but there is just something about the back-to-school aisle that makes me excited for a new year!
I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and can start the new school year refreshed and excited! Do you know of more Algebra 1 freebies I should be aware of? Let me know in the comments!
All the cards are moveable, so students drag the equations and graphs around to match them up. When they pair them up, they'll show up like this:
They keep moving the cards around until they get all the cards matched up.
But the best part (in my opinion) is the teacher view while they're working! I am kicking myself for taking so long to discover this. Teachers can see student progress as they're working! It will highlight correct matches in green and incorrect matches in red. Such an easy way to see which students need help as they're working!
You can even hit the "Anonymize" button if you want to display this up front for the whole class to see. Desmos also lets you see an overview of which cards students are getting wrong so it's easy for you to address some common misconceptions students are having.
It's so easy to share the activity with students when you're ready for them to try it. You hit the "Create Class Code" button (you'll want to create separate codes for each class period).
After you create the code, you'll get a screen like the one below that you can display for students or share the link with them in Google Classroom, Moodle, etc. They can create their own Desmos accounts if you want or they can do the activity without signing in (it just has them type in their name before they start).
Just an FYI, you can use the code you see above to test it out but the results will show up in my Desmos account, not yours. You'll want to grab the link below and make a copy of the activity in your own Desmos account so you can see your student results.
Click the button below to try the activity for yourself!
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4) Scroll down to the bottom and click on the green "Show me free stuff!" button. You can type in a specific topic in the search bar or refine the results by subject and grade level.
5) Click on the deck of cards that you would like to use and click on the Add to Library green button. Don't forget you can preview the first 4 cards of any deck - make sure to click on full-size preview to see how they work. Check out my free Order of Operations deck to see an example.
6) Next, click on Classes. You can now enter your name and picture (if you want).
You may notice here that the membership information says you only have 5 students. Don't worry! You can always use the FastPlay option for free! I'll go into detail later on in the post, but there's a way for students to use the cards without needing to log in. The free plan includes unlimited FastPlay for as many students as you need, but it doesn't record their scores. If you want to be able to see reports for students or create your own decks, you can upgrade your membership plan (and currently at $15 a year for 50 students, that's not a bad deal if you ask me).
7) Create a classroom. Click on the blue "New Classroom" button at the bottom. It will automatically create a name based on what you entered in your profile. You can click on it and change it to Mrs. Smith's class, 1st period, Algebra 1, or whatever you would like to call the class. You can also change the username and password for your class.
8) Add students to your classroom.
Option A: Add the students yourself. This is probably the best option if you have young students or only a few students. You can do this by clicking on "Add 1 Student" if you want to enter one at a time, or on "Add Many Students" if you want to add several at once. If you choose the second option, you just enter the names separated by commas and create a default password. Students can change this password when they log in (don't worry, you can reset it for those that forget their password!).
Option B: Let students create their own accounts! I would recommend this option if you have older students. It's especially nice if you have a lot of students and don't want to type in all their names! You just share the classroom username and password with your students (write it on the board, post it in your Google classroom, etc.). Students go to Boom Learning just like you did, but they go to where it says Students and choose "Create Student" to make their own account.
After they've entered the classroom username and password, they type in their name and create their own password.
9) Assign decks to students. So easy to do! Go to your library and find a deck that you want students to complete. If you click on the blue "Action" button by the deck, it will give you several options to choose from. (My Rounding Decimals deck is also free if you're interested.)
Type your questions or upload images to use for your questions. You have several options for the type of answer you'd like students to submit: short answer, paragraph, multiple choice, etc. Click on the plus sign on the right to add another question. You can move questions around if you want them in a different order.
Do you use task cards in your classroom? If you like task cards, you are going to LOVE Boom Cards! These digital, self-checking task cards are my new favorite way to differentiate learning. Here are the top 7 reasons I'm a fan:
1) They're DIGITAL. No more printing, laminating, and cutting out sets of paper task cards. Less prep = more time for teachers.
2) They're SELF-CHECKING. Students type in their answer and get instant feedback! If they get a question wrong, they can submit a new answer or "give up" the card and go to a different question if they get stuck.
3) You can track student progress. Right now, Boom Learning is offering a three-month free trial of student progress reporting for up to 150 students. (Students can still use the cards even if you don't pay after your free trial, you just don't get student reports anymore.)
4) You can preview 4 cards from any deck for free. Try it before you buy it! Check out this preview to see an example.
5) It's super easy to differentiate instruction with Boom Cards. Once you have a deck of cards in your library, you can assign them to individual students or to the entire class.
6) Not 1-1? Use them on a Smart Board or use a projector to work on one with the whole class.
7) Boom Learning lets you show the cards to students in a random order. You could even use them as an assessment and not have to worry about students looking over shoulders!
8) I know I said 7 reasons, but I wanted to add just one more. Did you know you can use Boom Cards with your Google Classroom? Check out this video to see how.
Update: Boom Learning just added a new feature that makes me love them even more! You can now hide any card in a deck that you don't want students to see. Simply go to your library and open a deck. You can go through the deck of cards and click the "Hide Cards" button on any you don't want to be assigned.
Ready to see them in action? Check out these Boom Cards. Click on the full-size previews to test them out!
Working on solving systems with elimination? Check out these resources for Algebra 1 teachers! First, there's a free lesson on solving systems with elimination. The online lesson includes examples, a video, and even a practice quiz with instant feedback.
There's also several accompanying resources available to use with the lesson. There's a study guide, an assessment, and an activity where students have to solve systems using elimination to fill in the words to a funny poem.
Looking for some extra ways to help students learn to factor quadratics? First, there are two FREE Algebra 1 lessons on factoring. The first is on factoring quadratics with a leading coefficient of 1 and the second is on factoring with larger leading coefficients.
There's a great set of factoring quadratics task cards available to help students practice factoring on their own. You can print the cards with or without QR codes (students can quickly scan the QR codes to check their answers!).
There's another printable activity available to accompany this lesson: factoring quadratics speed dating. Never tried speed dating in your classroom? It can also be called Quiz Quiz Trade. The idea is for students to quickly "date" as many other students as possible. Students form pairs and answer questions on small printed cards. They check the answers on the back, trade cards and quickly find a new partner to repeat the process.