Monday, December 30, 2013

(Audio) QR Codes Task Cards for First 100 Fry Words

Happy Holidays! I am enjoying my last few days of our Winter Break, and finally had a chance got around to working on a new product. One of my goals for the new year is to begin to use my Samsung Tablets in my classroom as well as the four mini laptops that every teacher has been given to use in our classroom. 

I absolutely love incorporating technology into my lessons, but I wanted to be sure that my students would not destroy were beginning to show more responsibility with taking care of the materials that they use in class. This has been a big problem for the past months but my students have been getting a little better with this since I made such a big fuss about them coming to my classroom and destroying my materials. 

For the first couple months of school, it was very hurtful to learn that my students had no intrinsic regard for the property of others and would break and tear up all of their materials. However, I turned this experience into a teachable moment. Instead of having science class, I took a lot of their class time to discuss with my students what taking care of things that are not theirs looks like, as well as why they should respect the property of others. Since then, and after having the students sign a contract promising to be more responsible with the classroom materials, I've noticed that my students are beginning to care more about their materials, and so now I am a little more willing now to let them use my wonderful tablets to give them the opportunity to begin to learn with our classroom technology. I'm really looking forward to using the tablets and Netbooks more and more.

This new product that I've created is not a science product. Rather, it's an ELA Common Core aligned product for practicing sight words. YAY! 

As students begin to master the Fry Words they can then begin to learn and practice reading them in the phrases in which they will most frequently find them in print to reinforce both word recognition and fluency skills. These First 100 Fry Words Phrases/(Audio)QR Code Task Cards are aligned with the ELA Common Core Standard: Phonics and Word Recognition
R.F. K.3c Read common high-frequency words by sight.

The task card format allows students to work individually or in small groups. They could even be passed out to the entire class and used as a fun whole group game of Scoot.

The audio QR codes provide a differentiated learning/practice experience for students, allowing them to use a hand-held device such as a tablet or even a laptop to either read the phrases and then hear the audio for fluency practice and immediate self-correction; or students needing more support can hear the audio phrases first and then practice reading them independently.

Teachers can access the QR Codes feature of the task cards by downloading the fun and simple QuickMark QR reader app onto their student laptops or tablets. Once downloaded, open the app, aim the shaded reader over the QR code to scan it. Once scanned the reader will make a funny sound. Then click the blue "Open URL" button to hear the audio voice reading the fry word phrase. It's just that simple and fun!

Happy New Year!


  1. So glad to find your site. I teach science to Kindergarten to 5th graders...over 385 cherubs here in frigid Wisconsin. Would love to hear more about your science program. Our family has been through Harrisburg. Happy New Year!

    Renee at The Science School Yard

    1. Hi, Renee. Happy New Year! It's always nice to have found other primary science teachers. I also teach about 500 little cherubs here in Harrisburg, PA in a primary school. I was born in raised in Harrisburg, but plan to move to the Richmond, VA area after the school year ends. Yea! Our science program consists of the FOSS Curriculum, Solids and Liquids for first and second graders; Trees for Kindergartners. I look forward to reading more of your blog in the future and sharing ideas! Happy New Year!
      Lori Ross
      Mrs. Ross's Science Class


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