Do you use Kaboom! in your classroom? It has been my go-to center for the past few years, whether I’m teaching Firsties, or now third graders. If Kaboom! is new to you, or it is something you haven’t yet tried in your classroom, here are some great reasons to give it a try:
1. It is highly engaging!
2. It lasts for as long as you need it to!
3. It can accommodate nearly ANY content area/targeted skill!
4. It is quick to prep!
5. It costs next to nothing to make!
When I was first introduced to this game by a dear, sweet teacher friend, I didn’t believe it! “You mean there’s a game out there that can last an entire center rotation, isn’t hard to make, can be used anywhere in my curriculum, and won’t break the bank? Yeah right!”
Well, I was happily proved wrong! My teacher friend broke the game down for me, and I was amazed at it’s simplicity and brilliance. Here’s how you play:
When I say that I find a way to use Kaboom! to teach/review EVERY content area, or any targeted skill, I’m totally serious! I have used it to teach all of the following concepts (plus about a million quite a few more!)
- Number Identification & Counting
- One More/One Less and Ten More/Ten Less
- Addition/Subtraction (fact fluency, missing addends, combinations to ten…etc.)
- Greater Than/Less Than (with whole numbers and fractions)
- Identifying Fractions (including unit fractions & mixed fractions)
- Multiplication facts
- Place Value
- Jumps on the Hundred Chart
- Estimation (estimating the sum of two 3-digit numbers)
- Translating standard form into expanded form
- Defining Key Terms/Vocabulary
- True/False Statements
- Time Line- Which happened first?
- Letter Identification
- Phonics (short vowel, long vowel, silent e, vowel teams…etc.)
- Sight Words
- Rhyming/Word Families
- Parts of Speech
- How Many Syllables?
- Vocabulary Definitions
- Text Features
- Genre Definitions
- Story Elements
- RED sticks for SHORT A
- ORANGE sticks for SHORT E
- YELLOW sticks for SHORT I
- GREEN sticks for SHORT O
- BLUE sticks for SHORT U
- PURPLE for DIGRAPHS.
Having them organized this way meant that my students could independently sort them by color when they were done, and the station was (almost) always clean!