Do your students struggle with writing COMPLETE SENTENCES that make sense when read aloud? How about using CAPITAL LETTERS to begin their sentences and PUNCTUATION MARKS to end their sentences? Sometimes I feel like a broken record when it comes to these writing requirements in my classroom!
My second graders are required to write a biography as one of their writing projects during the year and I knew that I wanted something to motivate them to do these skills without being that broken record when they show me their work. I think I found the PERFECT MOTIVATOR…QR CODES! Now, before you stop reading this because you aren’t looking for a biography writing project idea, please understand that this can be applied to ALL WRITING PROJECTS.
My students started with a list of questions that they were given to ask a classmate that they were set up with to interview. After recording the interview answers, my students then compiled the answers into a writing assignment. This was done on the second day. Prior to writing their biography sentences, my students were told that their sentences must be complete sentences that make sense when read aloud with capital letters and punctuation marks when necessary. I also showed them my writing sample. Then I showed them an example of a finished product, which you can listen to below.
They were excited to write and get started which, of course, made my teacher heart happy! They knew that they couldn’t turn in their work for me to read until the writing requirements were met. Can we just stop and talk about how IMPRESSED I was when their writing started to come my way? WOW! They CAN do this!
Once their biographies were written, they took an iPad to record their voice reading their writing assignment. We used the app Audioboom for this task but there are other apps that record audio and produce a QR code. Here are a few that I have found.
I put together a video tutorial that explains exactly how we completed this project using the app Audio Boom.
Here you see that I chose to click on PRINT and then attached each QR Code to a piece of construction paper.
Next task, pair each QR code with the child’s picture. I wanted to capture each child’s personality so I lined them up and told them to give me any facial expression that they wanted. I took the photos on my phone and literally went right down the line. It took about 2 minutes to capture everyone’s photos and I really like how they turned out!
We chose to have these hung on our lockers for other classes to scan and
listen. We also have a copy of them in our classroom. I made a quick
anchor chart of directions to hang next to these so other students knew
what they were and how to scan them.
I also hung a QR Code Information Sheet which you can get for FREE HERE.
I hope that you found this tutorial helpful. If you use QR codes in your classroom and are looking for some task cards to go along with your math time, you can pick these up in my store. Thanks for visiting!