I’m a firm believer in making learning fun and interactive, and QR codes are the perfect tool to help us accomplish that. I’ve seen a dramatic increase in the level of student engagement since I began using QR codes a few years ago. Here are some of the ways I’ve incorporated QR codes over the years in both my second and fourth grade classrooms.
Scavenger hunts have been a long-time staple during my math workshop. My students are very motivated by being able to move around the room while solving math problems. Since my scavenger hunts are different colors, I can leave several up at the same time to help me differentiate my lessons. Click HERE to get this base-10 block scavenger hunt for free and HERE to get a free upper-elementary lines and angles hunt.
The self-checking aspect of QR code task cards makes them a valuable tool to use in centers while I’m busy working with my small, guided groups. Students work on solving the problems independently and then scan the QR code to get immediate feedback. I’ll either place the cards in a table group or tape them around the room for a “Solve the Room” activity. Click HERE to get a set of free mixed operations task cards.
Last year, I created audio QR code activities for practicing sight words. For the “Listen and Write” activity, students scan a QR code to hear my voice reading one of their sight words aloud. They then write the word they hear on the appropriate line of their recording sheet. I created the audio recordings using AudioBoom.
When I taught 4th grade, we would often glue QR codes into our interactive notebooks so my students could watch video tutorials at home. Click HERE to get this place value interactive notebook page for free, along with the QR code that links to a Learn Zillion video.
Last year, my 2nd graders created this place value mystery number bulletin board. Students walked up to the board to guess their classmates’ mystery numbers based on the clues given. They scanned the QR codes to tell them whether they were correct. Click HERE to get a free template so you can re-create this in your own classroom.
When I taught 4th grade, we used the two bulletin boards in the back of the room for student-created interactive displays. One was an inference bulletin board for which the students used clues to describe something without giving too much away. They checked one another’s inference puzzles by scanning the QR codes. The other was a word problem board. Students could create any type of word problem for their classmates to solve and then check by scanning the QR codes. I’ve never seen my kiddos so excited to solve word problems!
My 4th graders’ “Books in the Spotlight” bulletin board stayed up all year in our classroom library. My students used either iMovie or Photobooth to create book trailers about a book from our classroom library. Students could come up to the board with an iPad and scan the code to get a good book recommendation from one of their peers. Every couple of months we switched out the books so there was always excitement over finding new books.
Another one of my 4th grade favorites was our U.S. Regions QR code bulletin board. My students worked in cooperative groups to research one of the regions and put together their choice of presentation as long as it included the basic information I asked for. The QR codes on the map link to various PowerPoint presentations, iMovies, websites, and Prezis.
Click the images below to download my many QR code freebies.:)