Friday, March 6, 2015

Five for Friday


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QR CODES
I bought this box and these adorable little file folders (they are actual folders not just tabs0 from Hobby Lobby.  I am going to keep all of my QR codes in the box.  I was using baseball card sheets to slide them in to but I was finding I am not great at putting them away so I am hoping this system will work better.  I am going to cutsie it up with some gold paint and lettering.  I am loving that look right now... and arrows of course. 









Do you know this trick?  I wanted to write QR Codes across the top of my box but I wanted it to look pretty.  Here is a easy way….you print out the lettering off your computer  with cute font.  Trim the paper so you just have the word(s) you want.  Then on the back of the paper you scribble pencil on the letters…the more scribbling the better.  Then you put the paper right side up on the box (or whatever project you are doing) then lightly trace over the outside edges of the letters.  Remove the paper and you will see your letters revealed on your box because the pencil works like carbon paper.  You can then paint in the lines or use a permanent marker.  Super cool!  You will look like a pro!



As part of March is Reading Month I created these bookmarks for each student in our school.  Our principal wanted to do something to get students talking about books...so this is one idea.  The students scan the QR code (I blurred this one out because it goes to our live link) and it goes to a live google document that all students will have access to.  The student can write about what book they are reading and tell about the book.  The bookmarks will be laminated and then have a hole punched in the top with a piece of ribbon or yarn. 




I updated the cover to my Return from Spring Break Writing Activity.  Anyone else amazed at how fast your clip art becomes outdated?  So thankful for so many adorable options!! Here is my Teacher Pay Teachers link to this product and a great deal for only $1.00: 


Another great writing resource...
My nonfiction animal project unit on Teacher Pay Teachers, follow the link to get your copy!  Animal Research Projects


Our second graders are knee deep in their Nonfiction Animal Projects and so engaged in the process.  They are loving the QR codes which allows them independence and flexibility.  They are becoming experts on their animals and completing their pages.  We are combining the traditional animal report with digital technology.  Kevin Honeycutt calls this "tradigital" and then is certainly conveyed in this project. 



I made these graphing labels to go outside each teacher's door so we could track the number of books students are reading each week for March is Reading Month. 

I added a section on our morning learning, one day this week,  to design a cake for Dr. Seuss and write about their design.  They came up with so many great ideas!