QR Codes


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.
TONS of ideas and free activities for using QR codes in the elementary classroom. You'll find freebies for using QR codes in math, reading, for scavenger hunts, self-checking task cards, listening centers and more!
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.
FREE QR Code Scavenger Hunt. Students have so much FUN moving around the room to solve the problems with the iPads. For first & second grade: place value math. Find this and tons of other free ideas and activities for using QR codes in the elementary classroom. You'll find freebies for using QR codes in math, reading, for scavenger hunts, self-checking task cards, listening centers and more!
Another fun way to get your students moving is this I Spy QR codes activity. I have a bundle of 8 skills for primary HERE and upper elementary HERE and there is a freebie set linked within each respective bundle.
FREE Addition and subtraction with regrouping activity with QR codes. Simply tape the task cards up around your classroom and give your students an iPad and student recording sheet. Kids love being able to move around the room solving the math problems. Find this and tons of other free ideas and activities for using QR codes in the elementary classroom. You'll find freebies for using QR codes in math, reading, for scavenger hunts, self-checking task cards, listening centers and more!
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 ELA mixed review task cards.
FREE ELA QR Code task Cards. Find this and tons of other free ideas and activities for using QR codes in the elementary classroom. You'll find freebies for using QR codes in math, reading, for scavenger hunts, self-checking task cards, listening centers and more!
In addition to task cards, I have created many self-checking QR code math centers.  You can find several of these for free in my TpT store, including THIS free prime and composite number sort.
FREE Prime and Composite Number Sort. Find this and tons of other free ideas and activities for using QR codes in the elementary classroom. You'll find freebies for using QR codes in math, reading, for scavenger hunts, self-checking task cards, listening centers and more!
THESE place value centers were a favorite with my second graders last year.
Place Value QR Code Math Centers. Find this and tons of other free ideas and activities for using QR codes in the elementary classroom. You'll find freebies for using QR codes in math, reading, for scavenger hunts, self-checking task cards, listening centers and more!
I created this bulletin board to display my QR code listening center.  When students scan a QR code, it takes them to a read-aloud story that they can listen to independently.  
QR code listening center: A student favorite and a fun, easy way to integrate technology (iPads) in your reading classroom! The QR codes link to videos of books being read aloud online via a safe website with no ads. Find this and tons of other free ideas and activities for using QR codes in the elementary classroom. You'll find freebies for using QR codes in math, reading, for scavenger hunts, self-checking task cards, listening centers and more!
Click HERE to get a free mini-set of listening centers.
FREE QR code listening center: A student favorite and a fun, easy way to integrate technology (iPads) in your reading classroom! The QR codes link to videos of books being read aloud online via a safe website with no ads. Appropriate for kindergarten through upper elementary students. Find this and tons of other free ideas and activities for using QR codes in the elementary classroom. You'll find freebies for using QR codes in math, reading, for scavenger hunts, self-checking task cards, listening centers and more!
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. 
Sight Words Audio QR Code Centers. Find this and tons of other free ideas and activities for using QR codes in the elementary classroom. You'll find freebies for using QR codes in math, reading, for scavenger hunts, self-checking task cards, listening centers and more!
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. 
FREE Place Value Interactive Notebook. Find this and tons of other free ideas and activities for using QR codes in the elementary classroom. You'll find freebies for using QR codes in math, reading, for scavenger hunts, self-checking task cards, listening centers and more!
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.    
FREE template for mystery number interactive QR code bulletin board. Looking for fun activities for teaching place value math? My 2nd grade students love coming up to the board with the iPads to solve and check each one another's mystery numbers. Such a fun way to integrate technology and QR codes in the elementary classroom!
Interactive QR bulletin boards are an exciting way to get students out of their seats and kids especially enjoy checking out their peers’ work. One very low prep idea is to have students create their own math word problems and then generate QR codes that reveal the answers. That way, students can solve their peers’ problems and then check their work by scanning the QR codes. We use qrstuff.com to create our QR codes and the free i-nigma app to scan them.

Student-created math word problems bulletin board with self-checking QR codes. I've done this fun, free activity with 2nd and 4th grade students and it's my favorite activity for teaching word problem strategies. They love solving each others' problems and coming up to the board with the iPads. Find this and tons of other free ideas and activities for using QR codes in the elementary classroom. You'll find freebies for using QR codes in math, reading, for scavenger hunts, self-checking task cards, listening centers and more!
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.
iMovie book trailers displayed using QR codes. Great way to integrate technology into our reading block and the students loved coming up to the board with their iPads to scan the codes. Find this and tons of other free ideas and activities for using QR codes in the elementary classroom. You'll find freebies for using QR codes in math, reading, for scavenger hunts, self-checking task cards, listening centers and more!

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