Are your children familiar with QR codes? You know the ones…those little black funny-looking squares you might find on a carton of milk, in a newspaper advertisement, or such? You scan them with your smart phone using an app and you can find out more information about a product or service. My children didn’t pay attention to them before…but now they’re crazy for these 2 FREE QR code activities by The Wise Owl Factory!
How Can You Use These QR Codes?
The children and I had great fun doing these activities. To begin I printed the PDF files and we all sat down together and coloured. I didn’t want to be left out, so I coloured the pictures on the QR codes and the children coloured their writing frame pages.
Don’t worry, we didn’t do them all at once! We’ll be returning to these writing activities a few times over the summer to continue the fun.
Instead of using a pocket chart, I set up the QR code pieces around the back garden, trying where possible to use areas that corresponded with the words on the cards.
Tristan and Kallista had fun running around outside searching for the codes that matched the writing pages they had. They each had different pages, but they enjoyed the activity so much that they both went together to listen to what the QR code would say!
They took turns using my phone and scanning the QR codes.
Then the child with the corresponding page would take time out and write down what was needed. Either the word that was on the QR code card, or the sentence that they heard after scanning the code.
Kallista was working on tidy printing and sounding out the words as she wrote them. Tristan remembered what the QR code voice said and wrote the sentence down. He worked on spelling out all of the words on his own first, before asking for help if he needed some.
This package includes:
- 2 vocabulary lists with words from A-Z on a handy reference sheet
- There are 3 writing pages for each grade K, 1, & 2. The only difference between them are the lines. Kindergarten has the dotted mid-line, grade 1 does not, and the grade 2 lines are a little closer together for smaller printing.
- There are 2 sets of pocket chart vocabulary cards (3/page), formatted as you see in the picture above.
The QR voice for this package says the word on the card. You could use this in various ways. Your children can look for the words in alphabetical order around the classroom, house, or outside.
If you want to give the older children a little more of a challenge, fold the word over to the back so they can’t see it. Then when they scan the qr code they can write the word they hear (and double-check their own work after they’ve written their answers down by opening up the card. Click here for Summer Writing Vocabulary
Summer Writing A-Z
This 108-page package includes:
- 2 cover sheets for each grade (1 colour version and 1 black and white version), as well as a set that isn’t grade-specific.
- A-Z writing pages (1 letter per page) for each grade (again, the line sizes and formats vary by grade)
- Summer word pocket chart cards
- Wonderful writer award certificates
- An answer key for the QR code voice.
Each writing page has the associated letter on it, a picture to colour, and lines to print or write the summer vocabulary word or sentence. There are also a couple of bland writing frames included if you’d like to use them instead, or to use for other writing projects.
The QR code voice in this package speaks the name of the item, as well as a sentence using the word. For example: “Jacks. Jacks. It is fun to play a game of jacks.” For this pack, Kallista wrote the word and Tristan wrote the sentence. It’s great when the same learning pack is adaptable to children of different ages at the same time!
When the children have finished up their A-Z books, then you can present them with a lovely certificate for their hard work (well – they won’t consider having this much fun ‘work’ but they’ll love the certificate!). Click here for Summer Writing A-Z.
Now my children are noticing QR codes everywhere! From the rice milk carton to advertisements. Books to cereal boxes. They want to know about them!
More Summer Fun From The Wise Owl Factory
While wandering around the vast site of the Wise Owl Factory over the winter, I came across this adjectives nature walk. I printed it out then and there, waiting for a nice summer day to try it out with the kids. Last week was the perfect time. You’ll find it under The Wise Owl Factory’s June Freebies.
They took their pages with them, then searched out the items that were on the sheet as we were walking and enjoying a park. Then they wrote down an adjective to describe each item. They also had fun colouring the sheets. If you wanted to re-use this activity you could put the scavenger hunt sheet into a page protector or laminate it and use a dry-erase marker with it.
Even More From The Wise Owl Factory
If you like these resources, you’ll love to see some of the other language arts products from The Wise Owl Factory that we’ve tried out:
- Grade 2 Writing Through The Year
- Th & Sh Diagraph Fun
- Pick-A-Pocket of Prairie Lapbook
- When I Grow Up I Want To Be…posters
- Or click here for all of our favourite Wise Owl Factory products.