Friday, November 23, 2012

QR Code Word Scramble

Here's a way to incorporate QR Codes into 
your Word Work times..
I've printed cards to laminate and use again and again.
Students will use the QR Reader app to
scan the code and record the letters they see.
Using the DeScrambler List....
students will write the word that they can make
from the letters they find in the QR Codes.

Use the jpeg pictures to hang around the room
and let the kids Scan, Read, and Write the Room!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

QR Search and Write

One of my favorite apps is the QR Reader (free on iTunes) ...

My kiddos are starting to learn how to scan codes and answer questions from the scan!

I thought it might be fun to have a QR Search and Write Station for literacy 
(and then I'll work on Math)
when I'm not so stuffed from turkey and cranberries!

I decided to use the HFW from our Unit 3 stories to create the QR codes that will have the students reading sentences and  choosing the best HFW to fill in the blank and make the sentence make sense.

Here's some ideas to use with the codes...

You could use your own paper or have the kids use the recording sheets ...

I tried to make the codes big enough to hang on the wall...

Download the codes for 

Enjoy your day!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Check out "The Reading Corner"

The Reading Corner

Hop over to "The Reading Corner" and check out some of the great resources 
Renee has shared on her blog! 
My kiddos are having some trouble with the making 5 and 10 concept and with the CCSSM
I want to make sure I'm reaching I am excited about her
You can enter her giveaway to win one of her packs too!

Also very excited to have received an email announcing that the Swamp Frog First Graders
Blog has been added to the Top 50 Early Education Blog recommendation list !


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ticks Tacks Toes Give Away

Wanted to say Thanks to all those who share and follow along with the Swamp I'd give away a new favorite game in my classroom from Educational Insights...
This querky little game puts a fun twist on the original game of 
Tic Tac Toe... 
it's called...

Players take turns placing plastic  ticks, tacks and toes on the board.. trying to get tic-tac-toe strings of three-in-a-row to earn tokens....opponents can score off players' moves to earn tokens too.  The player with the most tokens at the end of station time, wins the game...but the fun is in the playing and the learning of strategic moves...I

I created some of our word study skills cards to go with this game.  Students had to choose a card and read the word.  Then they had to use the word in a sentence BEFORE they could place a tick, tack, or toe on the gameboard...They really got into the strategy part of the game thinking not only of ways to create sentences with the words they were practicing, but also thinking about how they could best earn a token while putting down a piece on the board...

I have a wonderful parent volunteer that comes into my class every Wednesday and helps the kids learn new twists on old games..They LOVE working with him and learning how to think more strategically and become better problem solving!
His one thought about the game was that you might need to make more tokens for the tic-tac-toe as the kids became pretty adept at finding them as the game progressed. 

You can use any cards that have words from your units or study skills to play this funky little version of Tic Tac Toe...or you could just have the kids use it for problem solving development...
You could do with a small group, a whole group, or just 2 players...any way you play, you're getting double your playtime with kids reading and thinking!
You could even use math fact practice cards and have students solve math problems before adding a piece to the board!

Educational Insights is allowing me a "Give Away" for one of the Ticks Tacks Toes Game units.

If you'd like to enter the give away...sign up using the rafflecopter below...

Enjoy and good luck!