This week in Y5 and T1 we read the story, "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves" and then got busy building! At the end of the story, the old lady sneezes up a scarecrow, so I thought it would be perfect to bring out the scarecrow rubber duckies. I asked students to build (in partners) the tallest freestanding tower possible with the wooden planks they had in their containers. Once they had built their tower, they had to see if they could balance a scarecrow rubber duck on top. This definitely tested their building skills - there was a lot of building, rebuilding, and then even some more rebuilding. Even before they began building, we discussed some of the different ways that you can build with the planks (standing up on the short side, standing up on the long side, laying down on the flat side). I told them it was important to build with their partner to come up with one idea (as they are getting good with sharing a container of materials, but we are still working on building together) and then build it together. They worked through it though and some groups had some successful builds!
In continuing the STEAM component as part of our 3-5 elementary building's school-wide PBIS celebration, I have more activities to share! One of the teacher leaders requested to have a Breakout game, but as the celebrations only last 20 minutes, I knew I would have to do some modifying to make it work.
Listed below are the activities that were an option for each grade level.
Activity: Thanksgiving Crack the Code (A simplified version of the game I did with 4th graders.)
Students will complete one task at a time and turning in their completed clue before moving on to the next one.
Activity: Trap that Turkey!
Students will use Brain Flakes and a string of yarn to build a pulley system to trap a turkey.
Activity: Fall Maker Mat
Students will use Plus Plus blocks to build objects of their choice on the Maker Mat.
I am on a QR code-creating roll right now! Did you check out and enjoy the Halloween-themed QR code listening center resource as well as the Thanksgiving-themed QR code listening center resource? Do to all the awesome book resources I was able to find, I created a special Fall-themed QR code listening center resource as well. The books found in this resource are different from those found in the Thanksgiving-theme QR code listening center resource.
Please keep in mind, these QR code activities are not limited to just use in a listening center though - it is best used when the materials fit within your classroom needs. For some it may be a listening center, others it might be something that can be sent home for an evening listening activity, while others may even find other ways that they would best complement instruction and student learning.
Below, I have provided a link to download a file I created with approximately 40 "book cards" with QR codes on them (all related around the theme of Thanksgiving). All you need to do is print out the cards and download a free QR Code Reader app on the iPad (I personally use QR Reader on my iPad). Then the students just need to scan the code and they can listen to the story. The cards have the title, author, picture of the book, book level (when available) and the QR code on them.
You may see this image when you try to download the file.
No worries! Just go ahead and click the Download button. It is just a big file and Google Drive cannot provide a preview for the document. There are many book resources after all!
Please leave any comments below on how you use these in your classroom or any other ways you use QR codes in the classroom. I always love hearing new ideas!
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