Tuesday, February 21, 2012

QR Codes and Bottle Cap Fun!

Technology is awesome because not only does it keeps students engaged, it's also usually pretty environment-friendly! So, I've decided to combine two fun items I've been incorporating in my classroom - QR codes and labeling bottle caps - to help students practice ordering fractions, multi-digit multiplication, and long division - just a few skills we're going over in fourth grade right now.

Let's start with ordering fractions:
I made 8 bottle cap groups with six fractions in each group using Avery lables (1" circles 5410).
And then, lo and behold, did you know you can make QR codes in Avery? On the left-hand tool bar, there is a button for making bar codes and QR codes. So, I made QR codes for the inside of the bottle caps. Once students put the fraction bottle caps in order from least to greates, the QR codes inside the bottle caps should reveal the numbers 1-6 in order.
Am I making sense? (It's been a long day!) If not, or if you need more explanation with QR codes, just go ahead and download this freebie farther down the page.
Now on to multi-digit multiplication and long division:
 I made 6 problems each, using the same Avery labels.
Then, through the QR code button on the Avery website, I made QR codes with the answers to put on the inside of the caps.
Got a scan app on you right now? You can scan the QR code above, and you will see just how this works! You should see the number 4,836 which is the product of 62 x 78, whoo-hoo! There's such a fun feeling when you scan a QR code! And your students will feel it, too, I promise!
Click on the image below to download the freebie.
I also have some really fun QR code titles for just $2 a piece. Click on any image below for more details:
Or I have all four titles bundled together at a discounted price of $5.
Happy QR coding!

15 comments:

  1. I couldn't wait to pin this and share it w/teachers! I've never seen anything like it. And NOW I know what QR codes are. Thanks so much for sharing your hard work and creativity. A lot of students are going to enjoy practicing long division, etc., because of you!

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    1. Thank you for such a kind comment, Lil! It was a nice pat on the back and made me feel great :).

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  2. I love, love, love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Cara
    Teaching...My Calling

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  3. Do you have to have an iphone to scan or does an ipod work?

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    1. I have never personally tried it on an ipod, but the "Scan" app does say it works on an ipod if it has a built-in camera. Just download the "Scan" app, and see if it works. I would love to hear from you if it works or not. Thanks!

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  4. I love this idea. Can you tell me how you learned how to do this? I would love to be able to create some for my double-digit addition and subtraction lessons for my 2nd grade class?

    Thank you!

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    1. Hey Mandy! I did this all through Avery's Design and Print Online feature. Just look on the left-hand bar when you google their home page for Design and Print Online. There you will be able to choose your labels (these are 5410), add text, and also create the QR codes. Good luck and hope this helps!

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  5. Oh.MY.Word.

    I just found you from an old comment you made at Love2Learn2Day.

    I have milk cap letters but now I'll be making numbers. And this post? QR codes are beyond me and our kids don't have cell phones or anything to read a QR code, but I love the idea for using the caps for math and the labels nod too!

    OK, off to see some more of your ideas!!! THANKS!

    http://roomforatleastonemore.wordpress.com

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  6. Hi there,
    I just found your blog - great ideas and very cute! So glad I found you I'm your newest follower. :o)
    Vicky
    Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

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  7. great ideas! Have bought you bundle for my teachers - keep posting!

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  8. This idea is brilliant!! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Great idea! I would like to share in an upcoming presentation! Do I have your permission to use one of the pictures of the QR codes with the math problems with a link to your site?

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  10. What an awesome idea. Maths was the one subject I hadn't been able to figure how to use with QR codes. (I am a High School Librarian) This is fantastic.
    Thank you!

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