I am excited to share my newest resource set with you: QR Critters for Fiction and Nonfiction Reading! These are available individually or as a bundled set in my TpT Store.
I'm going to walk through the Fiction Set, but know that the Nonfiction Set is nearly identical in its setup, but obviously with a nonfiction focus :)
I begin by printing these out and laminating them, then organizing them by topic into their own binder rings. Each are labeled with a number which can be found on the teacher's master list, so you won't have to scramble to scan each of these every time you want to use them for a lesson!
After they are divided, you can keep them in a Daily 5 center choice and/or in your Teacher Time Bin to have them ready to go whenever you need!
Not only are there beginning, during and after reading questions, the fiction set also has genre-specific questions to go deeper with certain elements:
The nice part about all of these QR cards is that they don't need to be used all at once, but you can strategically put several in a binder ring for a certain text and get some very well-rounded responses based on the characteristics of that book.
Or, you could keep them in a big ol' set and binder ring like so:
You can see the colors go in the order of the rainbow, so that will visually help your students with keeping these organized as well.
There are tons of possibilities for using these in your classroom, including, but certainly not limited to:
- setting a focus for the reading you will do that day
- partner conversation starters
- Guided Reading/Teacher Time work
- Daily 5 accountability
- extensions for higher readers
- extra practice for students struggling with a concept
- informal assessments based on a standard
- Literature Groups
- ... and more!
When it comes to using these in your classroom, all you'll need are the cards, the included student response sheet, a pencil, and a QR reader (I like the app QR Reader for my iPhone/iPads).
Then, just scan the QR Code card and a question pops up for your student(s) to answer.
On the top left of the card you'll see the number that corresponds to the teacher "cheat sheet" so you can always know what your students are answering. They will record the number in the circle on their response sheet and there's room for two responses per page. This encourages complete sentences and also gives enough room to cite evidence and examples from the text, which is a part of many of the prompts.
The Nonfiction set is very similar, although it does not have genre-specific cards, so there are 60 Nonfiction cards as opposed to the 78 Fiction cards.
You can get these individually from my TpT Store or you can pick them up as a discounted bundled set. Just click on the item below to be taken to its page and read all about the Common Core Standards these cards address. If you are also an owner of my top-selling Nonfiction Text Features pack, the Nonfiction QR Critters will go along perfectly!
Thank you again for your excitement and support! You have no idea how inspiring it is to get your notes and see how you use these in class! I hope these make a great addition to your Teacher Time Bin and/or reader's response toolkit and I'll be back with more QR Codes as the year progresses!